Pronunciation: (emp'tē), [key]
—adj., -ti•er, -ti•est,
—v., -tied, -ty•ing,
—n., pl. -ties.
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 fol. by of): Theirs is a life now empty of happiness.
6. without force, effect, or significance; hollow; meaningless: empty compliments; empty pleasures.
7. not employed in useful activity or work; idle: empty summer days.
8. Math.(of a set) containing no elements; null; void.
9. hungry: I'm feeling rather empty —let's have lunch.
10. without knowledge or sense; frivolous; foolish: an empty head.
11. completely spent of emotion: The experience had left him with an empty heart.
1. to make empty; deprive of contents; discharge the contents of: to empty a bucket.
2. to discharge (contents): to empty the water out of a bucket.
1. to become empty: The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.
2. to discharge contents, as a river: The river empties into the sea.
Informal.something that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can: Throw the empties into the waste bin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.