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fuller2

[foo l-er]
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noun
  1. a half-round hammer used for grooving and spreading iron.
  2. a tool or part of a die for reducing the sectional area of a piece of work.
  3. a groove running along the flat of a sword blade.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to reduce the sectional area of (a piece of metal) with a fuller or fullers.
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Origin of fuller2

1810–20; orig. noun, apparently full1 in sense to make full, close, compact + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for fullering

fuller1

noun
  1. a person who fulls cloth for his living
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Word Origin

Old English fullere, from Latin fullō

fuller2

noun
  1. Also called: fullering tool a tool for forging a groove
  2. a tool for caulking a riveted joint
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verb
  1. (tr) to forge (a groove) or caulk (a riveted joint) with a fuller
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from the name Fuller

Fuller

noun
  1. (Richard) Buckminster . 1895–1983, US architect and engineer: developed the geodesic dome
  2. 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)
  3. Thomas . 1608–61, English clergyman and antiquarian; author of The Worthies of England (1662)
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Word Origin and History for fullering

fuller

n.

"one who fulls cloth," Old English fullere, from Latin fullo "fuller" (see foil (v.)). The substance called fuller's earth (silicate of alumina) is first recorded 1520s, so called because it was used in cleansing cloth.

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