fill vs meet what difference

what is difference between fill and meet

English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: fĭl, IPA(key): /fɪl/, [fɪɫ]
  • Rhymes: -ɪl
  • Homophone: Phil

Etymology 1

From Middle English fillen, fullen, from Old English fyllan (to fill, fill up, replenish, satisfy; complete, fulfill), from Proto-Germanic *fullijaną (to make full, fill), from *fullaz (full), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (full). Cognate with Scots fill (to fill), West Frisian folje (to fill), Low German füllen (to fill), Dutch vullen (to fill), German füllen (to fill), Danish fylde (to fill), Swedish fylla (to fill), Norwegian fylle (to fill), Icelandic fylla (to fill) and Latin plenus (full)

Verb

fill (third-person singular simple present fills, present participle filling, simple past and past participle filled)

  1. (transitive) To occupy fully, to take up all of.
    • c. 1761, Tobias Smollett, translator, Don Quixote, part 2, book 5, chapter 4:
      [] the drums began to thunder, the sound of trumpets filled the air, the earth trembled beneath their feet, and the hearts of the gazing multitude throbbed with suspense and expectation []
    • c. 1860, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, chapter 38:
      And now that I have given the one chapter to the theme that so filled my heart, and so often made it ache and ache again, I pass on, unhindered, to the event that had impended over me longer yet [] .
  2. (transitive) To add contents to (a container, cavity, or the like) so that it is full.
    • 1950, Arthur W. Upfield, The Bachelors of Broken Hill, chapter 11:
      She continued to frown as she filled Bony’s cup and added brandy to her own.
    • 2005, Wendy Coakley-Thompson, What You Won’t Do for Love, 2006 edition, →ISBN, page 10 [1]:
      She forgave him the pain as he filled the cavity in her back molar. Three weeks later, she let him fill a more intimate cavity.
    • 2006, Gilbert Morris, Sante Fe Woman, B&H, page 95 [2]:
      Grat Herendeen was the first man, a huge man with his bull whip coiled and over his shoulder seeming almost a part of him. He grinned at her as she filled his plate with the eggs and motioned toward the bacon. “Help yourself, Grat.”
  3. To enter (something), making it full.
    • 1910 May 13, John C. Sherwin, opinion, Delashmutt et al. v. Chicago, B. & Q. R. Co. et al., reprinted in volume 126, North Western Reporter, page 359, at 360:
      In the evening of the 14th of July, there was a rainfall of 3 or 3½ inches in that locality. The water filled the ditch so full that it overflowed the levees on both sides in many places [] .
    • 2004, Peter Westen, The Logic of Consent, Ashgate, →ISBN, page 322 [3]:
      As the crowd filled the aisles, S repeated loudly what he had announced upon entering the stadium: ‘I don’t want anyone to touch me, and I will call the police if anyone does.’
  4. (intransitive) To become full.
  5. (intransitive) To become pervaded with something.
  6. (transitive) To satisfy or obey (an order, request, or requirement).
  7. (transitive) To install someone, or be installed, in (a position or office), eliminating a vacancy.
    • 1891 January 23, Allen Morse, opinion, Lawrence v. Hanley, reprinted in volume 47, Northwestern Reporter, page 753, at 755:
      The board of supervisors called a specal[sic] election to fill the office, and at such special election Henry C. Andrews was elected judge of probate to fill out the said term.
  8. (transitive) To treat (a tooth) by adding a dental filling to it.
    • a. 1891, “Intimate Diagnosis of Diseased Teeth”, in Items of Interest: A Monthly Magazine of Dental Art, Science and Literature, volume 13, number 11, November 1891, page 657 [4]:
      Be that as it may, had the disturbance continued after our having filled the molar, and presuming that nothing had been done to the bicuspid, we might have been still as far as ever from knowing where the trouble lay.
  9. (transitive) To fill or supply fully with food; to feed; to satisfy.
    • Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
  10. (transitive, nautical) To trim (a yard) so that the wind blows on the after side of the sails.
  11. (transitive, slang, vulgar, of a male) To have sexual intercourse with (a female).
Synonyms
  • (occupy fully, take up all of): pervade
  • (have sexual intercourse with a female): dick, get up in, knob, swive; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
Antonyms
  • (add contents to a container or cavity): empty
  • (to become full): empty
Hyponyms
  • backfill
  • polyfill
  • refill
Derived terms
  • backfill
  • filler
  • filling
  • forthfill
  • fulfill, fulfil
  • overfill
Related terms
Related terms
  • full
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English fylle, vülle, fülle, from Old English fyllu, from Proto-Germanic *fullį̄ (fullness). Cognate with German Fülle.

Noun

fill (plural fills)

  1. (after a possessive) A sufficient or more than sufficient amount.
    Don’t feed him any more: he’s had his fill.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      Then they set somewhat of food before me, whereof I ate my fill, and gave me somewhat of clothes wherewith I clad myself anew and covered my nakedness; after which they took me up into the ship, []
  2. An amount that fills a container.
    The mixer returned to the plant for another fill.
  3. The filling of a container or area.
    That machine can do 20 fills a minute.
    This paint program supports lines, circles, and textured fills.
  4. Inexpensive material used to occupy empty spaces, especially in construction.
    The ruins of earlier buildings were used as fill for more recent construction.
  5. (archaeology) Soil and/or human-created debris discovered within a cavity or cut in the layers and exposed by excavation; fill soil.
  6. An embankment, as in railroad construction, to fill a hollow or ravine; also, the place which is to be filled.
  7. (music) A short passage, riff, or rhythmic sound that helps to keep the listener’s attention during a break between the phrases of a melody.
    bass fill

Hyponyms

Derived terms

Related terms

  • fill soil
  • fill up
Translations

Etymology 3

See thill.

Noun

fill (plural fills)

  1. One of the thills or shafts of a carriage.
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    • 2008, Martha E. Green, Pioneers in Pith Helmets
      It was a challenge to learn to harness him, guide him slowly back between the fills of the carriage, then to fasten the right buckles and snaps, making the harness and buggy all ready for travel to church or to town.

Albanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fiɫ̪/

Etymology 1

Borrowed through Vulgar Latin from Latin filum.

Noun

fill m (plural fije)

  1. thread, yarn

Etymology 2

Unclear. Probably from Proto-Indo-European *stel- (to place, stell; fixed, motionless, still, stiff)

Adverb

fill

  1. at once, immediately, alone
  2. instant
Derived terms
  • filloj
  • zanafillë

Catalan

Etymology

From Old Occitan filh, from Latin fīlius, from Latin fīlios (son), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁y-li-os (sucker), a derivation from the verbal root *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suck). Cognate to Occitan filh, French fils.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈfiʎ/
  • Rhymes: -iʎ

Noun

fill m (plural fills)

  1. son

Derived terms

  • fill de puta

Related terms

  • afillar
  • filial
  • filla

Further reading

  • “fill” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Irish

Pronunciation

  • (Munster) IPA(key): /fʲiːlʲ/
  • (Galway) IPA(key): /fʲiːl̠ʲ/
  • (Mayo, Ulster) IPA(key): /fʲɪl̠ʲ/

Etymology 1

From Old Irish fillid (turns back), from Proto-Celtic *wel-n-, from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (turn); compare German walzen (roll), Latin volvō (turn)

Verb

fill (present analytic filleann, future analytic fillfidh, verbal noun filleadh, past participle fillte)

  1. turn back
  2. return
  3. fold
  4. (biology, geology, medicine) plicate
  5. (medicine, of symptoms) recur
Conjugation
Derived terms
  • athfhill (recur; (of decimals) circulate; refold; reflect)

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Noun

fill

  1. genitive singular of feall

Mutation

References

  • “fill” in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “fillid”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language

Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

From Old Irish fillid (turns back), from Proto-Celtic *wel-n-, from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (turn).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fiːʎ/

Verb

fill (past dh’fhill, future fillidh, verbal noun filleadh, past participle fillte)

  1. fold; plait; twill
  2. imply
  3. contain, include

Derived terms

  • eadar-fhill (intervolve)

Mutation

References

  • “fill” in Edward Dwelly, Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic–English Dictionary, 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, 1911, →ISBN.
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “fillid”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language


English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: mēt, IPA(key): /miːt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /mit/
  • Rhymes: -iːt
  • Homophones: meat, mete

Etymology 1

From Middle English meten, from Old English mētan (to meet, find, find out, fall in with, encounter, obtain), from Proto-West Germanic *mōtijan (to meet), from Proto-Germanic *mōtijaną (to meet), from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- (to come, meet).

Verb

meet (third-person singular simple present meets, present participle meeting, simple past and past participle met)

  1. To make contact (with) while in proximity.
    1. To come face to face with by accident; to encounter.
    2. To come face to face with someone by arrangement.
    3. To get acquainted with someone.
      • Captain Edward Carlisle [] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, []; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
  2. (Of groups) To come together.
    1. To gather for a formal or social discussion; to hold a meeting.
      • At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    2. To come together in conflict.
    3. (sports) To play a match.
  3. To make physical or perceptual contact.
    1. To converge and finally touch or intersect.
      • Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
    2. To touch or hit something while moving.
    3. To adjoin, be physically touching.
    4. (transitive) To respond to (an argument etc.) with something equally convincing; to refute.
      He met every objection to the trip with another reason I should go.
  4. To satisfy; to comply with.
  5. (intransitive) To balance or come out correct.
    • 1967, Northern Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) House of Commons Official Report
      In this instance he has chosen an accountant. I suppose that it will be possible for an accountant to make the figures meet.
  6. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer.
  7. To be mixed with, to be combined with aspects of.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 28:
      ‘I’m planning a sort of fabliau comparing this place with a fascist state,’ said Sampson, ‘sort of Animal Farm meets Arturo Ui…’
Usage notes

In the sense “come face to face with someone by arrangement”, meet is sometimes used with the preposition with. Nonetheless, some state that as a transitive verb in the context “to come together by chance or arrangement”, meet (as in meet (someone)) does not require a preposition between verb and object; the phrase meet with (someone) is deemed incorrect. See also meet with.

Derived terms
Translations

Noun

meet (plural meets)

  1. (sports) A sports competition, especially for track and field or swimming.
  2. (hunting) A gathering of riders, horses and hounds for foxhunting; a field meet for hunting.
  3. (rail transport) A meeting of two trains in opposite directions on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other cross.
    Antonym: pass
  4. (informal) A meeting.
  5. (algebra) The greatest lower bound, an operation between pairs of elements in a lattice, denoted by the symbol ∧.
    Antonym: join
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English mete, imete, from Old English ġemǣte (suitable, having the same measurements), from the Proto-Germanic *gamētijaz, *mētiz (reasonable; estimable) (cognate with Dutch meten (measure), German gemäß (suitable) etc.), itself from collective prefix *ga- + Proto-Indo-European *med- (to measure).

Alternative forms

  • mete (obsolete)

Adjective

meet (comparative meeter, superlative meetest)

  1. (archaic) Suitable; right; proper.
Derived terms
  • meetly
  • meetness
  • unmeet
  • helpmeet
Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “meet”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • meet at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • Teme, etem, mete, teem, teme

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /meːt/
  • Hyphenation: meet
  • Rhymes: -eːt

Etymology 1

From Latin mēta.

Noun

meet f (plural meten, diminutive meetje n)

  1. The finish line in a competition

Etymology 2

Verb

meet

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of meten
  2. imperative of meten

Anagrams

  • mete

Latin

Verb

meet

  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of meō

Middle English

Noun

meet

  1. Alternative form of mete (food)

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