fuller

1
[ foo l-er ]
/ ˈfʊl ər /

noun

a person who fulls cloth.

Origin of fuller

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fullere < Latin fullō fuller; see -er1

Definition for fuller (2 of 4)

fuller

2
[ foo l-er ]
/ ˈfʊl ər /

noun

a half-round hammer used for grooving and spreading iron.
a tool or part of a die for reducing the sectional area of a piece of work.
a groove running along the flat of a sword blade.

verb (used with object)

to reduce the sectional area of (a piece of metal) with a fuller or fullers.

Origin of fuller

2
1810–20; orig. noun, apparently full1 in sense to make full, close, compact + -er1

Definition for fuller (3 of 4)

Fuller

[ foo l-er ]
/ ˈfʊl ər /

noun

George,1822–84, U.S. painter.
Henry B(lake),Stanton Page, 1857–1929, U.S. novelist, poet, and critic.
Melville Wes·ton [wes-tuh n] /ˈwɛs tən/, 1833–1910, chief justice of the U.S. 1888–1910.
R(ichard) Buckminster,1895–1983, U.S. engineer, designer, and architect.
(Sarah) MargaretMarchioness Ossoli, 1810–50, U.S. author and literary critic.
Thomas,1608–61, English clergyman and historian.

Definition for fuller (4 of 4)

Origin of full

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English full, ful; cognate with Gothic fulls, Old Norse fullr, Old High German foll (German voll); akin to Latin plēnus, Greek plḗrēs

Related forms

full·ness, noun

Can be confused

full fullness fulsome (see usage note at fulsome)
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British Dictionary definitions for fuller (1 of 5)

fuller

1
/ (ˈfʊlə) /

noun

a person who fulls cloth for his living

Word Origin for fuller

Old English fullere, from Latin fullō

British Dictionary definitions for fuller (2 of 5)

fuller

2
/ (ˈfʊlə) /

noun

Also called: fullering tool a tool for forging a groove
a tool for caulking a riveted joint

verb

(tr) to forge (a groove) or caulk (a riveted joint) with a fuller

Word Origin for fuller

C19: perhaps from the name Fuller

British Dictionary definitions for fuller (3 of 5)

Fuller

/ (ˈfʊlə) /

noun

(Richard) Buckminster . 1895–1983, US architect and engineer: developed the geodesic dome
Roy (Broadbent). 1912–91, British poet and writer, whose collections include The Middle of a War (1942) and A Lost Season (1944), both of which are concerned with World War II, Epitaphs and Occasions (1949), and Available for Dreams (1989)
Thomas . 1608–61, English clergyman and antiquarian; author of The Worthies of England (1662)

British Dictionary definitions for fuller (4 of 5)

Derived Forms

fullness or esp US fulness, noun

Word Origin for full

Old English; related to Old Norse fullr, Old High German foll, Latin plēnus, Greek plērēs; see fill

British Dictionary definitions for fuller (5 of 5)

full

2
/ (fʊl) /

verb

(of cloth, yarn, etc) to become or to make (cloth, yarn, etc) heavier and more compact during manufacture through shrinking and beating or pressing

Word Origin for full

C14: from Old French fouler, ultimately from Latin fullō a fuller 1
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Idioms and Phrases with fuller

full


In addition to the idioms beginning with full

  • full blast
  • full circle, come
  • full of beans
  • full of crap
  • full of hot air
  • full of it
  • full of oneself
  • full speed ahead
  • full swing
  • full tilt, at
  • full well

also see:

  • glass is half full
  • have one's hands full
  • in full swing
  • to the full

Also see underfill.

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