Meaning of FULL in English

I. ˈfu̇l adjective

( -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English ful, full, from Old English full; akin to Old High German fol full, Old Norse fullr, Gothic fulls, Latin plenus full, plēre to fill, Greek plērēs full, plēthein to be full, Sanskrit pūrṇa full


a. : containing all that possibly can be placed or put within

a full hamper

a full magazine

— often used with of

a bin full of corn

b. : having the normal or intended capacity supplied or accommodated : entirely occupied

a full bus

a full house

c. : occupying completely the requisite space

a full cargo

a full audience

d. : possessed of the appropriate or normal complement

a full dramatic company

a full jury

e. : regularly allotted : normally apportioned

more than its full share of lovely old American houses — Jerome Weidman

f. of an ablaut grade : normal



(1) : lacking restraint or check : precipitous , headlong

full retreat

(2) : being without reservation : unqualified

full supporters of a policy

b. : possessing the maximum strength or force

a full gale


(1) : followed to the greatest extent feasible : all possible

making full use of a library's resources

(2) : greatest or highest potential

a ship going at full speed

a machine operating at full capacity

(3) : being at or of the greatest or highest degree : maximum

full strength

full potency


a. : rounded in outline

a full face

: well filled out : plump

a full figure

: generously formed : swelling

full lips


(1) : filled or distended by wind

full sails

(2) of a ship : having the sails filled with wind

c. : big with young or eggs

d. : having an abundance of material especially in the form of gathered, pleated, or flared parts

a full skirt


(1) : slightly oversize, projecting, or standing out usually so as to require more tooling

(2) : risen above the normal level : swollen

in spring when the rivers and streams are full


a. : possessing, containing, or furnished with an abundance or great number — used with of

a face full of wrinkles

a city full of soldiers

a room full of pictures

b. : possessing all particulars : completely familiar or expert — used with of

he is full of his subject and our foremost authority — W.O.Douglas

c. : packed with variety of experience

a full life

also : possessing much knowledge

education having made him a full man


a. : satisfied especially with food or drink : replete

b. : large enough so as to satisfy

a full meal



(1) : enjoying or possessed of all recognized or authorized prerogatives, rights, and privileges : not temporary, substitute, or provisional

a full member

(2) : being without reduction or subtraction : regular

working only half time but drawing full salary

maintaining full diplomatic relations with a foreign country

a full term of office

(3) : being without truncation : unabbreviated

full words


(1) : containing all details : complete

a full statement

a full report

(2) : not lacking in any feature, quality, or accomplishment : perfect

quite old but in full possession of his faculties

7. archaic : completely weary : utterly sick — used with of

8. : filled with emotion

a full heart


a. : having the limit or near limit — used with of

a man weary and full of years


(1) : being at the height of development

a flower in full bloom

the tide at full flood

a moon nearly full

(2) : mature , adult

men and women of full age

10. : having the same parents

full sisters

11. of a color : pure


a. : carried to the greatest practical extent

a shotgun with a full choke

b. : extended to or occupying the largest possible space, area, or dimensions

a full basement

c. : completely covering the boards and backbone

a book bound in full crushed blue morocco with gilt edges and blind tooling

— compare half


a. : having marked volume or depth

a full voice

a full tone

b. of a vowel : back 1c


a. : squarely facing ahead

a full -face portrait

b. : being in dead center : direct

a cue ball making a full hit on the object ball

15. : completely occupied : engrossed — used with of

I have been full of work since I wrote last — H.J.Laski

16. : being the rank of the three of a kind in a full house in poker — used postpositively

jacks full

17. : possessing a rich or pronounced quality

a wine of full body

a food of full flavor

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English ful, full, from Old English full, from full, adjective


a. : very , extremely

I knew full well he had lied to me

b. : entirely , completely , quite

it was full dark by then — A.J.Liebling

swung full around — Morley Callaghan

2. : to the full : to the utmost extent : to the highest degree, state, or condition

the sun was full on the suburb — Herbert Gold


a. of a position : exactly

full in the center of the sacred wood — Joseph Addison

b. of a direction : straight , squarely

the blow hit him full in the face

he turned and looked full at me — Nigel Balchin

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English fulle, from Old English fulla, from full, adjective


a. : the utmost extent

enjoy a book to the full

b. : the highest or fullest state, condition, or degree

the full of the moon

the full of the tide

when the moon is at full

2. : a satiating or glutting share or portion — often used with the possessive adjective

had his full of that job

3. : the requisite or complete amount — often used with in

paid in full

4. Britain : beach ridge

5. : full house

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English fullen to become full, fill, from ful, full, adjective — more at full I

intransitive verb

of the moon : to become full

transitive verb

1. : to make full in sewing especially by gathering or pleating

2. : to distribute (fullness) by fitting a longer edge to a shorter edge smoothly in sewing — often used with on

V. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English fullen, from Middle French fouler, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin fullare, from Latin fullo fuller; perhaps akin to Sanskrit bhāla luster — more at bald

: to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by fulling

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