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empty

1. Maths Logic (of a set or class) containing no members
2. Philosophy Logic (of a name or description) having no reference

empty

[′em·tē]
(ordnance)
In ammunition nomenclature, indicating that the munition does not contain a payload, but is designed to contain one at the time of final use.
References in classic literature ?
He knew there were no seas or ships in the heart of the barren lands, just as he had known there was no cartridge in the empty rifle.
The fingers were curved like talons, but they closed on empty air.
and at the same time they pointed to the empty frames; for they imagined that everyone else could see this exquisite piece of workmanship.
And he smiled most graciously, and looked closely at the empty looms; for on no account would he say that he could not see what two of the officers of his court had praised so much.
I dipped the brush into the seemingly empty pot, and gave him a long stroke across his chest.
The next moment, close to the net, I saw a ball rebound in mid-air and empty space, and at the same instant, a score of feet away, Paul Tichlorne emitted a rainbow flash.
he whispered, and he led the way into one of the empty rooms.
And there I stood staring at him, in that empty room; and there he stood with his dark lantern, laughing at me.
Three were ajar, and we saw through them into empty cellars; but in the fourth a key was turned and a bolt drawn; and this one presently let us out into the bottom of a deep, square well of fog.
I looked along an orderly lane, an empty glass counter on my left, glass cupboards of untouched silver on my right, and facing me the filmy black eye of the peep-hole that shone like a stage moon on the street.
No, Bunny, I never thought of it till I saw that upper part empty about a month ago, and bought a few things in the shop to get the lie of the land.
Yet I could stand and warm myself by his fire, and watch him empty his pockets, as though we had done nothing wonderful or wicked!