Empty

Definition of Empty

Emp´ty
a.1.Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; - said of an inclosure, or a container, as a box, room, house, etc.; as, an empty chest, room, purse, or pitcher; an empty stomach; empty shackles.
2.Free; clear; devoid; - often with of.
I shall find you empty of that fault.
- Shak.
3.Having nothing to carry; unburdened.
When ye go ye shall not go empty.
- Ex. iii. 21.
4.Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; - said of language; as, empty words, or threats.
Words are but empty thanks.
- Cibber.
5.Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; - said of pleasure, the world, etc.
Pleas'd in the silent shade with empty praise.
- Pope.
6.Producing nothing; unfruitful; - said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine.
Seven empty ears blasted with the east wind.
- Gen. xli. 27.
7.Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb.
That in civility thou seem'st so empty.
- Shak.
8.Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams.
n.1.An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; - used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, "special rates for empties."
v. t.1.To deprive of the contents; to exhaust; to make void or destitute; to make vacant; to pour out; to discharge; as, to empty a vessel; to empty a well or a cistern.
[imp. & p. p. Emptied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Emptying.]
The clouds . . . empty themselves upon the earth.
- Eccl. xi. 3.
v. i.1.To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean.
2.To become empty.

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