emptying emptying  /ˈɛmpti ɪŋ/


  • (n) the act of removing the contents of something



  1. This Brooklyn band spent most of its first three albums emptying out the tool shed in pursuit of weird things to make noise with.
  2. Americans have always preferred smaller communities, and did so even during the years when the nation seemed bent on emptying its entire population into metropolitan clots.
  3. After merrily emptying canisters of emeralds, a local dealer there, Ashok Chordia, abruptly signaled his assistants to close the wooden shutters overlooking his competitors' offices.



  1. Turning to global warming, Obama added, "We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever damage the world that we pass on to our children -- sowing conflict and famine, destroying coastlines and emptying cities. And...
    on Oct 9, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: New York Times

  2. "I want to be clear that I was very excited about the second-place finish and was in no hurry to leave, it just seemed unreasonable at the time to try to get to the press box as the grandstands were emptying in the opposite direction," Biffle...
    on Aug 1, 2007 By: Greg Biffle Source: New York Daily News

  3. "We will not play politics with the strategic petroleum reserve," Mr Bush told reporters after a cabinet meeting in the White House. "The idea of emptying the strategic petroleum reserve . . . would put America in a dangerous position in the...
    on May 20, 2004 By: President Bush Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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