[full] adj [ME, fr. OE; akin to OHG fol full, L plenus full, plere to fill, Gk pleres full, plethein to be full] (bef. 12c) 1: containing as much or as many as is possible or normal "a bin ~ of corn"
2. a: complete esp. in detail, number, or duration "a ~ report" "my ~ share" "gone a ~ hour" b: lacking restraint, check, or qualification "~ retreat" "~ support" c: having all distinguishing characteristics: enjoying all authorized rights and privileges "~ member" "~ professor" d: not lacking in any essential: perfect "in ~ control of your senses" 3 a: being at the highest or greatest degree: maximum "~ speed" "~ strength" b: being at the height of development "~ bloom"
4: rounded in outline "a ~ figure"
5. a: possessing or containing a great number or amount--used with of "a room ~ of pictures" "~ of hope" b: having an abundance of material esp. in the form of gathered, pleated, or flared parts "a ~ skirt" c: rich in experience "a ~ life"
6. a: satisfied esp. with food or drink b: large enough to satisfy "a ~ meal"
7. archaic: completely weary 8: having both parents in common "~ sisters" 9: having volume or depth of sound "~ tones" 10: completely occupied esp. with a thought or plan "~ of their own concerns" 11: possessing a rich or pronounced quality "a food of ~ flavor" -- full.ness also ful.ness n -- full of it : not to be believed syn full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it "a full schedule". complete applies when all that is needed is present "a complete picture of the situation". plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification "given plenary power". replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety "replete with delightful details".
full adv (bef. 12c) 1 a: very, extremely "knew ~ well they had lied to me" b: entirely "swung ~ around --Morley Callaghan"
2: straight, squarely "got hit ~ in the face" 3--used as an intensive "wound up winning by a ~ four strokes --William Johnson" full n (14c) 1 a: the highest or fullest state or degree "the ~ of the moon" b: the utmost extent "enjoy to the ~"
2: the requisite or complete amount "paid in ~" full vi (1794) of the moon: to become full ~ vt: to make full in sewing full vt [ME, fr. MF fouler to trample under foot, fr. ML fullare to walk, trample, full, fr. L fullo fuller] (14c): to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing