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A.Word.A.Day--ullage

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ullage (UL-ij) noun

The amount of liquid by which a container falls short of being full.

[Middle English ulage, from Old French eullage, from eullier, to fill a cask, (from ouil eye, hole, from Latin oculus eye).]

"`Is the gas tank half-empty or half-full,' Grouler continued driving while pondering the ullage and soon he was out of gas 47 miles from the nearest gas station."

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