adjective, full·er, full·est.
- (of the count on a batter) amounting to three balls and two strikes: He hit a slider for a homer on a full count.
- having base runners at first, second, and third bases; loaded.
verb (used with object)
- to make full, as by gathering or pleating.
- to bring (the cloth) on one side of a seam to a little greater fullness than on the other by gathering or tucking very slightly.
verb (used without object)
- full binding,
- full blast,
- full blood,
- full board,
- full circle
- to or for the full or required amount.
- without abridgment: The book was reprinted in full.
Origin of full1
Examples from the Web for fullest
And he used that resource to its fullest 128 years ago this week.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is there that you get the fullest sense of majesty and tragedy of this city transformed.
This is the way he understands life, to live it to its fullest.
The researchers pressed for the fullest description of exactly what happened.
These ideas find their fullest expression in “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.”
A rounded human development provides for the fullest and freest exercise of all the powers of being.Colleges in America|John Marshall Barker
It is you who ought to receive the fullest apologies of the whole family for my aunt's conduct to you.Old Friends an New Fancies|Sybil G. Brinton
He had my fullest confidence, though he never sought to know my business.Down South|Oliver Optic
To that end the German military machine was worked to its fullest capacity.
It rises naturally as a protest against the sudden termination of life at its fullest.Mountain Meditations|L. Lind-af-Hageby
- powerful or rich in volume and sound
- completing a piece or section; concludinga full close
- completely; entirely
- (in combination)full-grown; full-fledged
Word Origin for full
Word Origin for full
Old English full "completely, full, perfect, entire, utter," from Proto-Germanic *fullaz (cf. Old Saxon full, Old Frisian ful, Old Norse fullr, Old High German fol, German voll, Gothic fulls), from PIE *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-).
Adverbial sense was common in Middle English (full well, full many, etc.). Related: Fuller; fullest. Full moon was Old English fulles monan; first record of full-blood in relation to racial purity is from 1812. Full house is 1710 in the theatrical sense, 1887 in the poker sense.
"to tread or beat cloth to cleanse or thicken it," late 14c., from Old French fouler, from Latin fullo (see foil (v.)); Old English had the agent-noun fullere, probably directly from Latin fullo.
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
- glass is half full
- have one's hands full
- in full swing
- to the full
Also see underfill.