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

  • adj. Having richness and intensity of flavor or aroma: a full-bodied wine.
  • adj. Rich and intense: a full-bodied performance of the aria.

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  • adj. Of wine, having a full body.

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

  • adj. marked by richness and fullness of flavor


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  • But the reader's experience likely would have been more full-bodied if instead of, "…seen from Central Park West in the mid-70s," the caption had read, "...seen from Bono's amazing $50 gazillion duplex penthouse where he spends all of one week a year."

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  • Seek out the Rendezvous, a French farmhouse ale that is sweet and full-bodied.

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  • While winemaker Mike Hirby is no longer as of just recently making wines at Realm, his legacy is impressive, especially with wines such as this dense, full-bodied Cabernet marked by notes of dark cherry and spice.

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  • The good news is that armed with just a few simple rules, you can decipher the most complicated of wine labels, helping you avoid the pitfalls of confusing a sweet with a dry wine or a full-bodied red with a light, fruity Beaujolais.

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  • It's surprisingly full-bodied—a Soave with presence.

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  • When many of the best teachers, using technology, are still only masters of multimedia, rather than masters of a lesson, with a full-bodied story from start to finish, a poke may be needed.

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  • Before I quite know what has happened, his arms are around me in a full-bodied embrace and then he has stepped back and is holding both my hands in his own.

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  • The Mexican emo supersedes any global stereotype—the lackluster outward demeanor, the profound full-bodied melancholy, the habit of cutting oneself to enhance sensations of fury, emotional pain, or hopelessness.

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  • Rye beers are her favorites for such dishes because they tend to be "full-bodied and zesty," says Ms. Jensen.

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