Pronunciation Adjective

full (comparative fuller, superlative fullest)

  1. Containing the maximum possible amount that can fit in the space available.
    The jugs were full to the point of overflowing.
  2. Complete; with nothing omitted.
    Our book gives full treatment to the subject of angling.
  3. Total, entire.
    She had tattoos the full length of her arms.   He was prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
  4. (informal) Having eaten to satisfaction, having a "full" stomach; replete.
    "I'm full," he said, pushing back from the table.
  5. (informal, with of) Replete, abounding with.
    This movie doesn't make sense; it's full of plot holes.
    I prefer my pizzas full of toppings.
  6. (of physical features) Plump, round.
    full lips; a full face; a full figure
  7. Of a garment, of a size that is ample, wide, or having ample folds or pleats to be comfortable.
    a full pleated skirt;   She needed her full clothing during her pregnancy.
  8. Having depth and body; rich.
    a full singing voice
  9. (obsolete) Having the mind filled with ideas; stocked with knowledge; stored with information.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Studies
      Reading maketh a full man.
  10. Having the attention, thoughts, etc., absorbed in any matter, and the feelings more or less excited by it.
    She's full of her latest project.
    • 1693, [John Locke], “§7”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482 ↗:
      Everyone is now full of the miracles done by cold baths on decayed and weak constitutions.
  11. Filled with emotions.
    • The heart is so full that a drop overfills it.
  12. (obsolete) Impregnated; made pregnant.
    • 1697, John Dryden translating Virgil, The Aeneid
      Ilia, the fair, […] full of Mars.
  13. (poker, postnominal) Said of the three cards of the same rank in a full house.
    Nines full of aces = three nines and two aces (999AA).
    I'll beat him with my kings full! = three kings and two unspecified cards of the same rank.
  14. (chiefly, AU) Drunk, intoxicated.
    • 1925, United States House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee No. 1, Charges Against William E. Baker, U.S. District Judge:
      Mr. Coniff: That is the only evidence you gave of his being intoxicated, that his hat was on the side? […] Mr. Coniff: That is the only indication you gave the committee when you were asked if the judge was full, that his hat was on the side of his head; is that right?
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  • Italian: intenso
  • Russian: насы́щенный

full (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Fully; quite; very; thoroughly; completely; exactly; entirely.
    • circa 1610-11 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene ii:
      smallcaps Prospero:
      I have done nothing but in care of thee,
      Of thee, my dear one, thee, my daughter, who
      Art ignorant of what thou art; naught knowing
      Of whence I am, nor that I am more better
      Than Prospero, master of a full poor cell,
      And thy no greater father.
    • […] full in the centre of the sacred wood
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, Act IV, Scene I, verse 112
      You know full well what makes me look so pale.
    • , Dante Gabriel Rosetti, William Blake, lines 9-12
      This cupboard […] / this other one, / His true wife's charge, full oft to their abode / Yielded for daily bread the martyr's stone,
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, IX
      It is full strange to him who hears and feels, / When wandering there in some deserted street, / The booming and the jar of ponderous wheels, […]
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0045 ↗:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. […] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, […].

full (plural fulls)

  1. Utmost measure or extent; highest state or degree; the state, position, or moment of fullness; fill.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      The swan's-down feather, / That stands upon the swell at full of tide.
    • Sicilian tortures and the brazen bull, / Are emblems, rather than express the full / Of what he feels.
    I was fed to the full.
    • 1911, Berthold Auerbach, Bayard Taylor, The villa on the Rhine:
      […] he had tasted their food, and found it so palatable that he had eaten his full before he knew it.
  2. (of the moon) The phase of the moon when it is entire face is illuminated, full moon.
    • a. 1622, Francis Bacon, Natural History, in The works of Francis Bacon, 1765, page [https://books.google.com/books?id=1KjGJV0UGgMC&pg=PA322&dq=%22It+is+like,+that+the+brain+of+man+waxeth+moister+and+fuller+upon+the+%27%27%27full%27%27%27+of+the+moon%22&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiNlKzU_qnmAhWyrFkKHQSBBTUQ6AEwAHoECAEQAg#v=onepage&q=%22It%20is%20like%2C%20that%20the%20brain%20of%20man%20waxeth%20moister%20and%20fuller%20upon%20the%20full%20of%20the%20moon%22&f=false 322]
      It is like, that the brain of man waxeth moister and fuller upon the full of the moon: [...]
    • a. 1656, Joseph Hall, Josiah Pratt (editor), Works, Volume VII: Practical Works, Revised edition, 1808 [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=wbMrAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA219&lpg=PA219&dq=This+earthly+moon,+the+Church,+hath+fulls+and+wanings,+and+sometimes+her+eclipses.+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=SWZOrPjJsY&sig=4GKwMWA4MtrBMtG7JCqn_ajguQI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hDEeUInNIcWZiQeboIC4Bg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=This%20earthly%20moon%2C%20the%20Church%2C%20hath%20fulls%20and%20wanings%2C%20and%20sometimes%20her%20eclipses.%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 219],
      This earthly moon, the Church, hath her fulls and wanings, and sometimes her eclipses, while the shadow of this sinful mass hides her beauty from the world.
  3. (freestyle skiing) An aerialist maneuver consisting of a backflip in conjunction and simultaneous with a complete twist.

full (fulls, present participle fulling; past and past participle fulled)

  1. (of the moon) To become full or wholly illuminated.
    • 1888 September 20, "The Harvest Moon ↗," New York Times (retrieved 10 April 2013):
      The September moon fulls on the 20th at 24 minutes past midnight, and is called the harvest moon.
    • 1905, Annie Fellows Johnston, The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation, ch. 4:
      "By the black cave of Atropos, when the moon fulls, keep thy tryst!"
    • 1918, Kate Douglas Wiggin, The Story Of Waitstill Baxter, ch. 29:
      "The moon fulls to-night, don't it?"

full (fulls, present participle fulling; past and past participle fulled)

  1. (transitive) To baptise.

full (fulls, present participle fulling; past and past participle fulled)

  1. To make cloth denser and firmer by soaking, beating and pressing, to waulk, walk
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