Full a. [Compar. Fuller superl. Fullest.]
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. 11.
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. --Lowell.
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 employed.
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 Full 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 out.
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.
Full·er, n. Blacksmith's Work A die; a half-round set hammer, used for forming grooves and spreading iron; -- called also a creaser.
Full·er, v. t. To form a groove or channel in, by a fuller or set hammer; as, to fuller a bayonet.
Full·er n. 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 Fuller's weed Bot., the teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) whose burs are used by fullers in dressing cloth. See Teasel.
n 1: United States architect who invented the geodesic dome
(1895-1983) [syn: Buckminster Fuller, R. Buckminster
Fuller, Richard Buckminster Fuller]
2: a workman who fulls (cleans and thickens) freshly woven
cloth for a living
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.