1. An act or instance of filling.
2. Something used to fill a space, cavity, or container: a gold filling in a tooth.
3. An edible mixture used to fill pastries, sandwiches, or cakes. See Note at frosting.
4. The horizontal threads that cross the warp in weaving; weft.
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