- enPR: fo͝ol, IPA: /fʊl/, X-SAMPA: /fUl/
- Rhymes: -ʊl
- Containing the maximum possible amount of that which can fit in the space available .
- Complete; with nothing omitted .
- Total, entire .
- ( informal ) Having eaten to satisfaction; replete .
- Of a garment, of a size that is ample, wide, or having ample folds or pleats to be comfortable .
- Having depth and body; rich .
- ( containing the maximum possible amount ): abounding, brimful, bursting, chock-a-block, chock-full, full up, full to bursting, full to overflowing, jam full, jammed, jam-packed, laden, loaded, overflowing, packed, rammed, stuffed
- ( complete ): complete, thorough
- ( total ): entire, total
- ( satisfied, in relation to eating ): glutted, gorged, sated, satiate, satiated, satisfied, stuffed
- ( of a garment ): baggy, big, large, loose, outsized, oversized, voluminous
- ( containing the maximum possible amount ): empty
- ( complete ): incomplete
- ( total ): partial
- ( satisfied, in relation to eating ): empty, hungry, starving
- ( of a garment ): close-fitting, small, tight, tight-fitting
- ( archaic ) Quite; thoroughly; completely; exactly; entirely.
- 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, Act IV, Scene I, verse 112
- ( Can we date this quote? ) Dante Gabriel Rosetti, William Blake, lines 9-12
- 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, IX
- Utmost measure or extent; highest state or degree; the state, position, or moment of fullness; fill .
- Sicilian tortures and the brazen bull, Are emblems, rather than express the full Of what he feels. — Dryden .
- I was fed to the full .
- 1911, Berthold Auerbach, Bayard Taylor, The villa on the Rhine:
- 2008, Jay Cassell, The Gigantic Book Of Hunting Stories:
- 2010, C. E. Morgan, All the Living: A Novel:
- ( of the moon ) The phase of the moon when it is entire face is illuminated, full moon.
- 1765, Francis Bacon, The works of Francis Bacon:
- 1808, Joseph Hall, Josiah Pratt ( editor ), Works, Volume VII: Practical Works, Revised edition, page 219,
- ful-, fol-
- full, fully, completely, entirely
- fulhār ( “completely hoary” )
- fullcuman ( “to attain” )
- fullġearwian ( “to finish, complete” )
- fullclǣne ( “very clean, very pure” )
- English ful-, fulfill
- full the cloth
- gives full measure
- a full skirt
- gave full attention
- a full game
- full summer
- full tones
- a full voice
- a full stomach
- Full ( fl ), a. [Compar. Fuller ( flẽr ); superl. Fullest.] [OE. & AS. ful; akin to OS. ful, D. vol, OHG. fol, G. voll, Icel. fullr, Sw. full, Dan. fuld, Goth. fulls, L. plenus, Gr. πλήρης, Skr. pūṛna full, prā to fill, also to Gr. πολύς much, E. poly-, pref., G. viel, AS. fela. √80. Cf. Complete, Fill, Plenary, Plenty.]
1. Filled up, having within its limits all that it can contain; supplied; not empty or vacant; -- said primarily of hollow vessels, and hence of anything else; as, “a cup full of water; a house full of people.”
Had the throne been full, their meeting would not have been regular. Blackstone.
2. Abundantly furnished or provided; sufficient in quantity, quality, or degree; copious; plenteous; ample; adequate; as, “a full meal; a full supply; a full voice; a full compensation; a house full of furniture.”
3. Not wanting in any essential quality; complete; entire; perfect; adequate; as, “a full narrative; a person of full age; a full stop; a full face; the full moon.”
It came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh
dreamed. Gen. xii. 1.
The man commands
Like a full soldier. Shak.
I can not
Request a fuller satisfaction
Than you have freely granted. Ford.
4. Sated; surfeited.
I am full of the burnt offerings of rams. Is. i. 11.
5. Having the mind filled with ideas; stocked with knowledge; stored with information.
Reading maketh a full man. Bacon.
6. Having the attention, thoughts, etc., absorbed in any matter, and the feelings more or less excited by it, as, “to be full of some project”.
Every one is full of the miracles done by cold baths on decayed and weak constitutions. Locke.
7. Filled with emotions.
The heart is so full that a drop overfills it. Lowell.
8. Impregnated; made pregnant. [Obs.]
Ilia, the fair, . . . full of Mars. Dryden.
At full, when full or complete. Shak. -- Full age ( Law ) the age at which one attains full personal rights; majority; -- in England and the United States the age of 21 years. Abbott. -- Full and by ( Naut. ), sailing closehauled, having all the sails full, and lying as near the wind as poesible. -- Full band ( Mus. ), a band in which all the instruments are employed. -- Full binding, the binding of a book when made wholly of leather, as distinguished from half binding. -- Full bottom, a kind of wig full and large at the bottom. -- Full brother or Full sister, a brother or sister having the same parents as another. -- Full cry ( Hunting ), eager chase; -- said of hounds that have caught the scent, and give tongue together. -- Full dress, the dress prescribed by authority or by etiquette to be worn on occasions of ceremony. -- Full hand ( Poker ), three of a kind and a pair. -- Full moon. The moon with its whole disk illuminated, as when opposite to the sun. The time when the moon is full. -- Full organ
( Mus. ), the organ when all or most stops are out. -- Full score ( Mus. ), a score in which all the parts for voices and instruments are given. -- Full sea, high water. -- Full swing, free course; unrestrained liberty; “Leaving corrupt nature to . . . the full swing and freedom of its own extravagant actings.” South ( Colloq. ) -- In full, at length; uncontracted; unabridged; written out in words, and not indicated by figures. -- In full blast. See under Blast.
- Full n. Complete measure; utmost extent; the highest state or degree.
The swan's-down feather,
That stands upon the swell at full of tide. Shak.
Full of the moon, the time of full moon.
- Full, adv. Quite; to the same degree; without abatement or diminution; with the whole force or effect; thoroughly; completely; exactly; entirely.
The pawn I proffer shall be full as good. Dryden.
The diapason closing full in man. Dryden.
Full in the center of the sacred wood. Addison.
☞ Full is placed before adjectives and adverbs to heighten or strengthen their signification. “Full sad.” Milton. “Master of a full poor cell.” Shak. “Full many a gem of purest ray serene.” T. Gray.
Full is also prefixed to participles to express utmost extent or degree; as, full-bloomed, full-blown, full-crammed full-grown, full-laden, full-stuffed, etc. Such compounds, for the most part, are self-defining.
- Full, v. i. To become full or wholly illuminated; as, “the moon fulls at midnight”.
- Full, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fulled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fulling.] [OE. fullen, OF. fuler, fouler, F. fouler, LL. fullare, fr. L. fullo fuller, cloth fuller, cf. Gr. shining, white, AS. fullian to whiten as a fuller, to baptize, fullere a fuller. Cf. Defile to foul, Foil to frustrate, Fuller. n. ] To thicken by moistening, heating, and pressing, as cloth; to mill; to make compact; to scour, cleanse, and thicken in a mill.
- Full, v. i. To become fulled or thickened; as, “this material fulls well”.
Germanic cognates include Dutch vol, German voll, Danish fuld, and Swedish and Norwegian full ( the latter three via Old Norse ). Proto-Indo-European cognates include English plenty ( via Latin ) and Lithuanian pilnas .
From Middle English fulle, fylle, fille, from Old English fyllu, fyllo ( “fullness, fill, plenty” ), from Proto-Germanic *fullīn, *fulnō ( “fullness, filling, overflow” ), from Proto-Indo-European *plūno-, *plno- ( “full” ), from Proto-Indo-European *pelǝ-, *plē- ( “to fill; full” ). Cognate with German Fülle ( “fullness, fill” ), Icelandic fylli ( “fulness, fill” ). More at fill .
From Middle English fullen, fulwen, from Old English fullian, fulwian ( “to baptise” ), from Proto-Germanic *fullawīhōnan ( “to fully consecrate” ), from Proto-Germanic *fulla- ( “full-” ) + Proto-Germanic *wīhōnan ( “to hallow, consecrate, make holy” ). Compare Old English fulluht, fulwiht ( “baptism” ) .
From Proto-Germanic *fullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós/Proto-Indo-European *pelə-, *plē- ( “to fill; full” ) .
By Wiktionary ( 2010/09/27 15:17 UTC Version )
From full ( “full, complete” ) .
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