Last modified on 7 July 2014, at 10:15
See also: full- and fúll

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English full, from Old English full (full), from Proto-Germanic *fullaz (full), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (full).

Germanic cognates include West Frisian fol, Low German vull, Dutch vol, German voll, Danish fuld, and Swedish and Norwegian full (the latter three via Old Norse). Proto-Indo-European cognates include English plenty (via Latin, compare plenus), Welsh llawn, Russian полный (pólnyj), Lithuanian pilnas, Persian پر (por), Sanskrit पूर्ण (pūrṇa). See also fele.

AdjectiveEdit

full (comparative fuller, superlative fullest)

  1. Containing the maximum possible amount of that which can fit in the space available.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
    The jugs were full to the point of overflowing.
  2. Complete; with nothing omitted.
    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, American Scientist: 
      Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. [] A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that. Developed as a tool to electronically combine the sharpest bits of multiple digital images, focus stacking is a boon to biologists seeking full focus on a micron scale.
    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. 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.
  6. Having depth and body; rich.
    a full singing voice
  7. (obsolete) Having the mind filled with ideas; stocked with knowledge; stored with information.
    • Francis Bacon
      Reading maketh a full man.
  8. 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.
    • John Locke
      Everyone is full of the miracles done by cold baths on decayed and weak constitutions.
  9. Filled with emotions.
    • Lowell
      The heart is so full that a drop overfills it.
  10. (obsolete) Impregnated; made pregnant.
    • Dryden
      Ilia, the fair, [] full of Mars.
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full (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Quite; thoroughly; completely; exactly; entirely.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      master of a full poor cell
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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 1, The Purchase Price:
      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, [] .
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English fulle, fylle, fille, from Old English fyllu, fyllo (fullness, fill, plenty), from Proto-Germanic *fullį̄, *fulnō (fullness, filling, overflow), from Proto-Indo-European *plūno-, *plno- (full), from Proto-Indo-European *pelǝ-, *plē- (to fill; full). Cognate with German Fülle (fullness, fill), Icelandic fylli (fulness, fill). More at fill.

NounEdit

full (plural fulls)

  1. Utmost measure or extent; highest state or degree; the state, position, or moment of fullness; fill.
    • Shakespeare
      The swan's-down feather, / That stands upon the swell at full of tide.
    • Dryden
      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.
    • 2008, Jay Cassell, The Gigantic Book Of Hunting Stories:
      Early next morning we were over at the elk carcass, and, as we expected, found that the bear had eaten his full at it during the night.
    • 2010, C. E. Morgan, All the Living: A Novel:
      When he had eaten his full, they set to work again.
  2. (of the moon) The phase of the moon when it is entire face is illuminated, full moon.
    • 1765, Francis Bacon, The works of Francis Bacon:
      It is like, that the brain of man waxeth moister and fuller upon the full of the moon: [...]
    • 1808, Joseph Hall, Josiah Pratt (editor), Works, Volume VII: Practical Works, Revised edition, 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
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full (third-person singular simple present fulls, present participle fulling, simple 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?"

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English fullen, fulwen, from Old English fullian, fulwian (to baptise), from Proto-Germanic *fullawīhōną (to fully consecrate), from Proto-Germanic *fulla- (full-) + Proto-Germanic *wīhōną (to hallow, consecrate, make holy). Compare Old English fulluht, fulwiht (baptism).

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full (third-person singular simple present fulls, present participle fulling, simple past and past participle fulled)

  1. (transitive) To baptise.
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Etymology 4Edit

Middle English, from Old French fuller, fouler (to tread, to stamp, to full), from Medieval Latin fullare, from Latin fullo (a fuller)

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full (third-person singular simple present fulls, present participle fulling, simple past and past participle fulled)

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

From Latin folium (leaf). Compare French feuille, Spanish hoja, Italian foglia (the latter from Latin folia, plural of folium).

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full m (plural fulls)

  1. sheet of paper

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full m (plural fulls)

  1. (poker) full house

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full m (invariable)

  1. full house (in poker)

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From Old Norse fullr, from Proto-Germanic *fullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós. Cognates include Danish fuld, Swedish full, Icelandic fullur, German voll, Dutch vol, English full, Gothic 𐍆𐌵𐌻𐌻𐍃 (fqlls), Lithuanian pilnas, Old Church Slavonic плънъ (plŭnŭ) , Latin plēnus, Ancient Greek πλήρης (plḗrēs) and πλέως (pléōs), Old Irish lán, and Sanskrit पूर्ण (pūrṇa)

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full

  1. full (containing the maximum possible amount)
  2. drunk

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Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *fullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (full), from *pleh₁- (to fill).

Germanic cognates include Old Frisian ful, Old Saxon ful, full, Old High German foll, Old Norse fullr, and Gothic 𐍆𐌵𐌻𐌻𐍃 (fqlls).

Indo-European cognates include Old Church Slavonic плънъ (plŭnŭ), Latin plēnus, Ancient Greek πλήρης (plḗrēs) and πλέως (pléōs), Old Irish lán, and Sanskrit पूर्ण (pūrṇa).

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full

  1. full, filled, complete, entire
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Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *fullą (vessel), from Proto-Indo-European *pēl(w)- (a kind of vessel). Akin to Old Saxon full (beaker), Old Norse full (beaker).

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full n

  1. a beaker.
  2. a cup, especially one with liquor in it.
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From Old Norse fullr, from Proto-Germanic *fullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós

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full

  1. full (containing the maximum possible amount)
  2. drunk, intoxicated

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