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empty

  

      adj   , -tier, -tiest  
1    containing nothing  
2    without inhabitants; vacant or unoccupied  
3    carrying no load, passengers, etc.  
4    without purpose, substance, or value  
an empty life     
5    insincere or trivial  
empty words     
6    not expressive or vital; vacant  
she has an empty look     
7    Informal   hungry  
8    postpositive, foll by: of   devoid; destitute  
a life empty of happiness     
9    Informal   drained of energy or emotion  
after the violent argument he felt very empty     
10      (Maths, logic)   (of a set or class) containing no members  
11      (Philosophy, logic)   (of a name or description) having no reference  
      vb   , -ties, -tying, -tied  
12    to make or become empty  
13    when intr, foll by: into   to discharge (contents)  
14    tr; often foll by: of   to unburden or rid (oneself)  
to empty oneself of emotion     
      n   pl   , -ties  
15    an empty container, esp. a bottle  
     (Old English æmtig, from æmetta free time, from æ- without + -metta, from motan to be obliged to; see must1)  
  emptiable      adj  
  emptier      n  
  emptily      adv  
  emptiness      n  


empty cow  
      n   a cow that does not produce calves during the breeding season  
empty-handed  
      adj  
1    carrying nothing in the hands  
2    having gained nothing  
they returned from the negotiations empty-handed     
empty-headed  
      adj   lacking intelligence or sense; frivolous  
empty-nester  
      n  
Informal   a married person whose children have grown up and left home  
Empty Quarter  
      n      another name for       Rub` al Khali  
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empty

  

      adj  
1    bare, blank, clear, deserted, desolate, destitute, hollow, unfurnished, uninhabited, unoccupied, untenanted, vacant, void, waste  
2    aimless, banal, bootless, frivolous, fruitless, futile, hollow, inane, ineffective, meaningless, otiose, purposeless, senseless, silly, unreal, unsatisfactory, unsubstantial, vain, valueless, worthless  
3    cheap, hollow, idle, insincere, trivial  
4    absent, blank, expressionless, unintelligent, vacant, vacuous  
5      (informal)   esurient, famished, hungry, ravenous, starving     (informal)   unfed, unfilled  
      vb  
6    clear, consume, deplete, discharge, drain, dump, evacuate, exhaust, gut, pour out, unburden, unload, use up, vacate, void  
  
Antonyms     
,       adj  
1    full, inhabited, occupied, packed, stuffed  
2 & 3    busy, fulfilled, full, interesting, meaningful, occupied, purposeful, satisfying, serious, significant, useful, valuable, worthwhile  
      vb   cram, fill, pack, replenish, stock, stuff  


empty-headed     
brainless, ditsy     (U.S. informal)   dizzy     (informal)   featherbrained, flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy     (informal)   harebrained, inane, scatterbrained, silly, skittish, vacuous  

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empty nester n.
parent whose children no longer live in the family home

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n.
feeling of emptiness experienced by parents after the children leave their home
[Psych.]
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