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Chip took the cigarette from his lips and emptied his lungs of smoke.

He set about gathering the water bottles and gourds that had not been emptied.

When I had emptied myself of my chaff, I perceived that the time had come.

He emptied the cistern, and cleansed it, with plentiful washings.

When he had swallowed a little, he took the glass himself and emptied it.

The three hospitals of Lourdes had emptied their chambers of horror.

I tell you, these sort have emptied a pepper box of gray around my head.

They had no attention for what was happening behind, within the buildings they had emptied.

Then the chamber was emptied of water and the food was borne to the city.

And she emptied into Gervaise's tub what remained of a bag of soda which she had brought with her.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old English æmettig "at leisure, not occupied, unmarried," from æmetta "leisure," from æ "not" + -metta, from motan "to have" (see might (n.)). The -p- is a euphonic insertion.

Sense evolution from "at leisure" to "empty" is paralleled in several languages, e.g. Modern Greek adeios "empty," originally "freedom from fear," from deios "fear." "The adj. adeios must have been applied first to persons who enjoyed freedom from duties, leisure, and so were unoccupied, whence it was extended to objects that were unoccupied" [Buck].

The adjective also yielded a verb (1520s), replacing Middle English empten, from Old English geæmtigian. Related: Emptied; emptying. Figurative sense of empty-nester first attested 1987. Empty-handed attested from 1610s.

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