Hypertext Webster Gateway: "full"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Full \Full\, a. [Compar. {Fuller}; 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. ?,
Skr. p?rna full, pr? to fill, also to Gr. ? much, E. poly-,
pref., G. viel, AS. fela. [root]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.

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.

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

{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 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}.
(a) The moon with its whole disk illuminated, as when
opposite to the sun.
(b) The time when the moon is full.

{Full organ} (Mus.), the organ when all or most stops are

{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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Full \Full\, v. i.
To become fulled or thickened; as, this material fulls well.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Full \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Full \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.

Note: 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Full \Full\, v. i.
To become full or wholly illuminated; as, the moon fulls at

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Full \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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: containing as much or as many as is possible or normal; "a
full glass"; "a sky full of stars"; "a full life";
"the auditorium was full to overflowing" [ant: {empty}]
2: constituting the full quantity or extent; complete; "an
entire town devastated by an earthquake"; "gave full
attention"; "a total failure" [syn: {entire}, {total}]
3: complete in extent or degree and in every particular; "a
full game"; "a total eclipse"; "a total disaster" [syn: {total}]
4: (informal) having consumed enough food or drink; "a full
stomach" [syn: {replete(p)}]
5: (of sound) having marked depth and body; "full tones"; "a
full voice" [ant: {thin}]
6: having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure";
"gives good measure"; "a good mile from here" [syn: {good}]
7: being at a peak or culminating point; "broad day"; "full
summer"; "high noon" [syn: {broad(a)}, {full(a)}]
8: not separated into parts or shares; constituting an
undivided unit; "an undivided interest in the property";
"a full share" [syn: {undivided}]
9: having ample fabric; "the current taste for wide trousers";
"a full skirt" [syn: {wide}, {wide-cut}]
adv : to the the greatest degree or extent; completely or
entirely; "fully grown"; "he didn't fully understand";
"knew full well"; (`full' is used as a combining form
as in `full-grown' or `full-fledged') [syn: {fully}, {to
the full}]
v 1: make (a garment) fuller by pleating or gathering
2: increase in phase; "the moon is waxing" [syn: {wax}] [ant: {wane}]

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