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  1. having the exact size or proportions of the original: a full-scale replica.
  2. using all possible means, facilities, etc.; complete: The factory will commence full-scale operation next month.

Origin of full-scale

First recorded in 1930–35
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Historical Examples of full-scale

  • I told you she was a potent force—a full-scale powerhouse, in sync and on the line.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The hidden enemy of the Tartars could get at them here only by a full-scale siege.

  • Tomorrow, if all goes well, we'll have a full-scale revolution on our hands.

    The Dictator

    Milton Lesser

  • I fancy there'd have been a full-scale massacre if we hadn't come along.

    The Invaders

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • If you learn anything, we'll start a full-scale investigation.

    The Revolt on Venus

    Carey Rockwell

British Dictionary definitions for full-scale


noun (modifier)
  1. (of a plan, etc) of actual size; having the same dimensions as the original
  2. done with thoroughness or urgency; using all resources; all-out
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