full 1 (fl)
adj. full·er, full·est
1. Containing all that is normal or possible: a full pail.
2. Complete in every particular: a full account.
a. Amounting to three balls and two strikes. Used of a count.
b. Having a base runner at first, second, and third base: The bases were full when the slugger stepped up to bat.
a. Of maximum or highest degree: at full speed.
b. Being at the peak of development or maturity: in full bloom.
c. Of or relating to a full moon.
5. Having a great deal or many: a book full of errors.
6. Totally qualified, accepted, or empowered: a full member of the club.
a. Rounded in shape; plump: a full figure.
b. Having or made with a generous amount of fabric: full draperies.
a. Having an appetite completely satisfied, especially for food or drink: was full after the Thanksgiving dinner.
b. Providing an abundance, especially of food.
9. Having depth and body; rich: a full aroma; full tones.
10. Completely absorbed or preoccupied: “He was already pretty full of himself” (Ron Rosenbaum).
11. Possessing both parents in common: full brothers; full sisters.
12. Of or relating to a full-size bed: full sheets; a full bed skirt.
1. Exactly; directly: full in the path of the moon.
2. To a complete extent; entirely. Sometimes used in combination: knew full well; full blown; full-fledged.
v. fulled, full·ing, fulls
To make (a garment) full, as by pleating or gathering.
To become full. Used of the moon.
1. The maximum or complete size or amount: repaid in full.
2. The highest degree or state: living life to the full.
3. A full-size bed.
[Middle English ful, from Old English full; see pelə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
fullness, fulness n.
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