Adjective "empty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Containing nothing; not filled or occupied.
  1. 'the room was empty of furniture'
  2. 'Solano clipped the ball past the isolated goalkeeper to score into an empty net.'
  3. 'Stadiums that are full for regular-season games have rows of empty seats for exhibitions.'
  4. 'Will raised his nearly empty beer bottle in a salute.'
  5. 'Another former detainee was released with no money or food and spent yesterday alone and hungry in his empty accommodation.'
  6. 'The pain was the result of nervous exhaustion and an empty stomach, David says.'
  7. 'If patients develop a fever or nausea they are admitted to hospital, where some beds are held empty for this purpose.'
  8. 'The building looked as though it had stood empty for years.'
  9. 'Black holes are almost completely empty space that is forever cut off from our own Universe.'
  10. 'She pawed at my leg, telling me that her food bowl was empty and she was hungry.'
  11. 'Parmenides claimed that we cannot conceptualize nothing, the empty set.'
  12. 'So, with changes in k, the core for this example progresses from an interval, to a point, to the empty set.'
  13. 'The set-theoretic hierarchy is thoroughly abstract, consisting of the empty set, the powerset of the empty set, and so on.'
(of words or a gesture) lacking meaning or sincerity.
  1. 'This declaration was not an empty threat but a sincere promise.'
  2. 'The threats appeared to be empty gestures to the friends who overheard him.'
  3. 'His uncle always buys him and his brother chocolate, but it feels empty.'
  4. 'The accent, though, is more often on ethical values rather than on empty practices.'
  5. 'They shouldn't miss their opportunity because politicians are filling the air with empty noises.'
  6. 'Offensive words, empty gestures, and the inappropriate use of symbols can get in the way of worship.'
  7. 'The rather empty gesture is clearly aimed at increasing public sympathy for the idea.'
  8. 'A principled stand in defence of the human rights of children is not an empty gesture.'
  9. 'We all have sordid purposes and empty intents and material incentives.'
  10. 'Too much blood has been shed, too many empty promises have been made.'
Having no value or purpose.
  1. 'It seems to work just fine, doesn't it, your ability to drown your emotions in empty sexual encounters.'
  2. 'Without longing we are empty, emotionless shells, mere objects floating on the wishy-washy surface of life.'
  3. 'And what a relentlessly dull, completely empty experience it tends to be.'
  4. 'I think that every one of us should find his own truth, some idea for which one can live or die - otherwise our lives would be empty and meaningless.'
  5. 'If one reason remained for her to persevere with the exhausting and empty void that her life had become, it was the child.'


Remove all the contents of (a container)
  1. 'pockets were emptied of loose change'
  2. 'Now ' freedom ' is being emptied of meaning and reduced to a slogan.'
  3. 'Tills were emptied of cash and the thieves took jewellery and money from customers and staff, police report.'
  4. 'I stood up and emptied out my front pockets.'
  5. 'People are reminded that these bins are for litter only and have to be emptied on a regular basis.'
  6. 'While she was doing this, she lost property, including a gold watch, and her purse was emptied of cash.'
  7. 'Hydro and Copo glowered at each other, and emptied out their pockets.'
  8. 'He emptied the basket, removed two tins of plum tomatoes, put them on the floor and repacked.'
  9. 'From time to time these containers are emptied into rivers causing devastation to ecosystems within hours.'
  10. 'He then emptied the whole bottle of spirits on to the clothing and set it alight.'
  11. 'The sky is filled with the remnants of the enormous cumulonimbus rain clouds that have been building up, emptying their contents and building up again all day.'
  12. 'She began emptying its contents onto the floor.'
  13. 'She emptied the contents onto the table but there was no sign.'
  14. 'Even so, a steady trickle of boxes flowed through the living and dining rooms, and their contents were emptied and loaded into the new storage and display units.'
  15. 'When the forum was over, the tension was all but gone, and there was much socializing and shaking of hands as the room emptied.'
  16. 'As the night sky grew darker, the park slowly emptied.'
  17. 'As he glided towards his victim, the hall emptied.'
  18. 'By nightfall, the road emptied, and dozens of lights from campfires dotted the tree line on both sides.'
  19. 'One of the reasons is that small towns are emptying fast.'
  20. 'Then he says ‘okay we go’ and I notice that the staff room has emptied.'
  21. 'As the room slowly emptied, the only guests left were Ryan and Mr. Thompson.'
  22. 'The streets of the centre of the city emptied as frightened residents fled home to take shelter.'
  23. 'The city emptied as the population was marched to the countryside.'
  24. 'We had reached her locker by now, and the hall was emptying rapidly.'
  25. 'The Colorado River doesn't even empty into the ocean anymore because so much of it has been diverted for irrigation.'
  26. 'I figured that parallel valleys all drained to the same place, so I tramped downstream along a creek until it emptied into a river adjacent to an unfamiliar trail.'
  27. 'From there, it winds down through grassy expanses for 15 miles and then flows for eight miles through the middle of the Bronx before emptying into the upper East River.'
  28. 'And then, around one of its many bends, the river rapidly emptied into a lake many leagues across and ringed by small hills.'
  29. 'The polluted runoff of excess nutrients emptying into the river basin is the cause of a 5,000-mile ‘dead zone’ of low oxygen that no longer supports marine life.'
  30. 'That would improve the water volume of 145 rivers, which empty into the lake.'
  31. 'We have seen it in brackish water near the mouths of several rivers and creeks that empty into Great South Bay.'
  32. 'The most important rivers that empty into the Caspian Sea are the following: Volga, the Ural, the Tirek and the Kura.'
  33. 'Most locations were close to tributaries emptying into the Little Manatee River.'
  34. 'There was a waterfall that emptied into a small lake.'


A bottle or glass left empty of its contents.
  1. 'The grass where I stood to take these pictures was littered with empties, mostly bourbon-and-cola bottles.'
  2. 'She drained the beer and tossed the empty into the bin with the others.'
  3. 'He pointed to a yellow plastic crate with the empties neatly stacked among full bottles.'
  4. 'Service was quick and friendly and the collection of empties swift.'


1. containing nothing; having none of the usual or appropriate contents: an empty bottle.

2. vacant; unoccupied: an empty house.

3. without cargo or load: an empty wagon.

4. destitute of people or human activity: We walked along the empty streets of the city at night.

5. destitute of some quality or qualities; devoid (usually followed by of): Theirs is a life now empty of happiness.

6. without force, effect, or significance; hollow; meaningless:

More examples(as adjective)

"barrels can be empty in terms."

"streets can be empty because of holidays."

"houses can be empty for years."

"assemblies can be empty as backs."

"treasuries can be empty in terms."

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Old English ǣmtig, ǣmetig ‘at leisure, empty’, from ǣmetta ‘leisure’, perhaps from ā ‘no, not’ + mōt ‘meeting’ (see moot).


be running on empty
empty vessels make most noise (or sound)
on an empty stomach