Emp"ty (?; 215), a. [Compar. Emptier (?); superl. Emptiest.] [AS. emtig, aemtig, aemetig, fr. aemta, aemetta, quiet, leisure, rest; of uncertain origin; cf. G. emsig busy.]


Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; -- said of an inclosure, as a box, room, house, etc.; as, an empty chest, room, purse, or pitcher; an empty stomach; empty shackles.


Free; clear; devoid; -- often with of.

"That fair female troop . . . empty of all good."


I shall find you empty of that fault. Shak.


Having nothing to carry; unburdened.

"An empty messenger."


When ye go ye shall not go empty. Ex. iii. 21.


Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; -- said of language; as, empty words, or threats.

Words are but empty thanks. Cibber.


Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; -- said of pleasure, the world, etc.

Pleas'd in the silent shade with empty praise. Pope.


Producing nothing; unfruitful; -- said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine.

Seven empty ears blasted with the east wind. Gen. xli. 27.


Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb.

That in civility thou seem'st so empty. Shak.


Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams.

Empty is used as the first element in a compound; as, empty-handed, having nothing in the hands, destitute; empty-headed, having few ideas; empty-hearted, destitute of feeling.

Syn. -- See Vacant.


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Emp"ty (?), n.; pl. Empties ().

An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; -- used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, "special rates for empties."


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Emp"ty, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Emptied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Emptying.]

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.

The clouds . . . empty themselves upon the earth. Eccl. xi. 3.


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Emp"ty, v. i.


To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean.


To become empty.

"The chapel empties."

B. Jonson.


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