from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing all that is normal or possible: a full pail.
  • adj. Complete in every particular: a full account.
  • adj. Baseball Amounting to three balls and two strikes. Used of a count.
  • adj. Baseball Having a base runner at first, second, and third base: The bases were full when the slugger stepped up to bat.
  • adj. Of maximum or highest degree: at full speed.
  • adj. Being at the peak of development or maturity: in full bloom.
  • adj. Having a great deal or many: a book full of errors.
  • adj. Totally qualified, accepted, or empowered: a full member of the club.
  • adj. Rounded in shape; plump: a full figure.
  • adj. Having or made with a generous amount of fabric: full draperies.
  • adj. Having an appetite completely satisfied, especially for food or drink: was full after the Thanksgiving dinner.
  • adj. Providing an abundance, especially of food.
  • adj. Having depth and body; rich: a full aroma; full tones.
  • adj. Completely absorbed or preoccupied: "He was already pretty full of himself” ( Ron Rosenbaum).
  • adj. Possessing both parents in common: full brothers; full sisters.
  • adv. To a complete extent; entirely: knowing full well.
  • adv. Exactly; directly: full in the path of the moon.
  • transitive v. To make (a garment) full, as by pleating or gathering.
  • intransitive v. To become full. Used of the moon.
  • n. The maximum or complete size or amount: repaid in full.
  • n. The highest degree or state: living life to the full.
  • transitive v. To increase the weight and bulk of (cloth) by shrinking and beating or pressing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Containing the maximum possible amount of that which can fit in the space available.
  • adj. Complete; with nothing omitted.
  • adj. Total, entire.
  • adj. Having eaten to satisfaction, having a "full" stomach; replete.
  • adj. Of a garment, of a size that is ample, wide, or having ample folds or pleats to be comfortable.
  • adj. Having depth and body; rich.
  • adv. Quite; thoroughly; completely; exactly; entirely.
  • n. Utmost measure or extent; highest state or degree; the state, position, or moment of fullness; fill.
  • n. The phase of the moon when it is entire face is illuminated, full moon.
  • v. To baptise.
  • v. To make cloth denser and firmer by soaking, beating and pressing, to waulk, walk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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
  • adj. Abundantly furnished or provided; sufficient in quantity, quality, or degree; copious; plenteous; ample; adequate
  • adj. Not wanting in any essential quality; complete; entire; perfect; adequate
  • adj. Sated; surfeited.
  • adj. Having the mind filled with ideas; stocked with knowledge; stored with information.
  • adj. Having the attention, thoughts, etc., absorbed in any matter, and the feelings more or less excited by it, .
  • adj. Filled with emotions.
  • adj. Impregnated; made pregnant.
  • adv. Quite; to the same degree; without abatement or diminution; with the whole force or effect; thoroughly; completely; exactly; entirely.
  • n. Complete measure; utmost extent; the highest state or degree.
  • intransitive v. To become full or wholly illuminated.
  • intransitive v. To become fulled or thickened.
  • transitive v. To thicken by moistening, heating, and pressing, as cloth; to mill; to make compact; to scour, cleanse, and thicken in a mill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing or provided with all that can be contained or received; admitting of or entitled to no more or no other, either as to contents or supply; filled; replete: as, full measure; a full stomach; a full list of names; a regiment marching with full ranks.
  • Filled or carried to completion or entirety; not defective, partial, or insufficient; complete according to a standard; whole; entire: as, full compensation; full age (an age complete or sufficient for some purpose); a full ballot; the full stature of a grenadier; a full term of office or course of study.
  • Filled or rounded out; complete in volume; ample in extent; copious; comprehensive: as, a full body or voice; a full statement or argument; a full confession.
  • Filled by or engrossed with the quantity, number, volume, importance, contemplation, or the like (of): as, a house full of people; life is full of perplexities; she is full of her own conceits; also, abounding in.
  • Filled with food; satisfied with food.
  • Filled with liquor; drunk.
  • Heavy with young, as a ewe, or with spawn, as a fish; full-roed, as fish.
  • In poker, consisting of three of a kind and a pair.
  • Capacious, broad, large, extensive.
  • Satiated, glutted, cloyed.
  • Fully; completely; without reserve or qualification.
  • Quite; to the same degree; equally.
  • Exactly; precisely; directly; straight.
  • In full measure; to a great degree; abundantly; very.
  • In sewing, to bring (the cloth) on one side of a seam to a little greater fullness than on the other by gathering or tucking very slightly, as is done to produce certain effects of tailoring, etc.
  • To draw up; pucker; bunch: as, the skirt fulls too much in front.
  • To thicken or make compact in a mill, as cloth. See fulling-mill.
  • To become compacted or felted: as, a cloth which fulls well.
  • To baptize.
  • In organ-playing, with all the stops drawn; with the whole power of the instrument: as, the piece was played full.
  • n. Utmost measure or extent; highest state or degree: as, this instrument answers to the full; fed to the full.
  • n. That phase in the revolution of the moon when it presents to the earth its whole face illuminated.
  • n. In the game of poker, a hand consisting of three cards of the same denomination and a pair, counting between a flush and fours; a full hand. Sometimes called a full house.
  • n. To the highest degree; completely; thoroughly.
  • n. In full.
  • n. Without abbreviation or contraction; written in words, not in figures: said of writing, as a signature.
  • n. To the same degree or extent; equally.
  • n. A ridge of gravel formed back of a beach by storm-waves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having ample fabric
  • v. make (a garment) fuller by pleating or gathering
  • v. increase in phase
  • adj. containing as much or as many as is possible or normal
  • adj. constituting the full quantity or extent; complete
  • adj. complete in extent or degree and in every particular
  • adj. having the normally expected amount
  • adj. (of sound) having marked deepness and body
  • adj. filled to satisfaction with food or drink
  • adv. to the greatest degree or extent; completely or entirely; (`full' in this sense is used as a combining form)
  • v. beat for the purpose of cleaning and thickening
  • adj. being at a peak or culminating point
  • n. the time when the Moon is fully illuminated


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English ful, from Old English full; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English fullen, from Old French fouler, from Vulgar Latin *fullāre, from Latin fullō, fuller; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English full, from Proto-Germanic *fullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós.

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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.

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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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French fuller, fouler ("to tread, to stamp, to full"), from Medieval Latin fullare, from Latin fullo ("a fuller")


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