Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Fuller"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

The word "full" is from the Anglo-Saxon fullian, meaning "to
whiten." To full is to press or scour cloth in a mill. This art
is one of great antiquity. Mention is made of "fuller's soap"
(Mal. 3:2), and of "the fuller's field" (2 Kings 18:17). At his
transfiguration our Lord's rainment is said to have been white
"so as no fuller on earth could white them" (Mark 9:3). En-rogel
(q.v.), meaning literally "foot-fountain," has been interpreted
as the "fuller's fountain," because there the fullers trod the
cloth with their feet.

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)

Fuller \Full"er\, n. [AS. fullere, fr. L. fullo. See {Full}, v.
One whose occupation is to full cloth.

{Fuller's earth}, a variety of clay, used in scouring and
cleansing cloth, to imbibe grease.

{Fuller's herb} (Bot.), the soapwort ({Saponaria
officinalis}), formerly used to remove stains from cloth.

{Fuller's thistle or weed} (Bot.), the teasel ({Dipsacus
fullonum}) whose burs are used by fullers in dressing
cloth. See {Teasel}.

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

Fuller \Full"er\, n. [From {Full}, a.] (Blacksmith's Work)
A die; a half-round set hammer, used for forming grooves and
spreading iron; -- called also a {creaser}.

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

Fuller \Full"er\, v. t.
To form a groove or channel in, by a fuller or set hammer;
as, to fuller a bayonet.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: United States architect who invented the geodesic dome
(1895-1983) [syn: {Fuller}, {Buckminster Fuller}, {R.
Buckminster Fuller}, {Richard Buckminster Fuller}]
2: a workman who fulls (cleans and thickens) freshly woven
cloth for a living

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