- completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup.
- complete; entire; maximum: a full supply of food for a three-day hike.
- of the maximum size, amount, extent, volume, etc.: a full load of five tons; to receive full pay.
- (of garments, drapery, etc.) wide, ample, or having ample folds.
- abundant; well-supplied: a yard full of litter; a cabinet full of medicine.
- filled or rounded out, as in form: a full bust.
- engrossed; occupied (usually followed by of): She was full of her own anxieties.
- of the same parents: full brothers.
- Music. ample and complete in volume or richness of sound.
- (of wines) having considerable body.
- (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.
- being slightly oversized, as a sheet of glass cut too large to fit into a frame.
- Poker. of or relating to the three cards of the same denomination in a full house: He won the hand with a pair of kings and sixes full.
- exactly or directly: The blow struck him full in the face.
- very: You know full well what I mean.
- fully, completely, or entirely; quite; at least: The blow knocked him full around. It happened full 30 years ago.
- 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.
- (of the moon) to become full.
- the highest or fullest state, condition, or degree: The moon is at the full.
- in full,
- to or for the full or required amount.
- without abridgment: The book was reprinted in full.
- to the full, to the greatest extent; thoroughly: They enjoyed themselves to the full.
Origin of full1
Related Words for fullnesssaturation, completeness, wholeness, totality, profusion, surfeit, swelling, glut, satiation, vastness, repletion, broadness, dilation, fill, completion, wealth, copiousness, entirety, sufficiency, scope
Examples from the Web for fullness
Contemporary Examples of fullness
And equal to Bunning in decency, honesty, fullness of thought, and forwardly straight talk was Rick Robinson.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
Trippy, echoing sound effects give “A Brain In A Bottle” a sense of fullness and dimension—as they do for “Guess Again!”Newest Album From Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Is No Online Afterthought
September 27, 2014
In the fullness of time it is possible to see beyond the fleeting moments of a life to a more balanced and complete picture.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
He has “no idea” if the fullness of the memory will ever materialize.Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too
May 6, 2014
Real horror ought to inform our policy debates at least as much in the fullness of time.What We Didn’t Learn After Newtown
December 8, 2013
Historical Examples of fullness
The life of a nation is the fullness of the measure of its will to live.
We find the fullness of life not only in options, but in commitments.
Never is the city so lovely as in this month of May, when all the trees are in the fullness of their foliage.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
We are told that this incarnation came in the fullness of time.Understanding the Scriptures
She was seeing the earth and its fullness, and her heart beat fast.Tiverton Tales
- holding or containing as much as possible; filled to capacity or near capacity
- abundant in supply, quantity, number, etcfull of energy
- having consumed enough food or drink
- (esp of the face or figure) rounded or plump; not thin
- (prenominal) with no part lacking; completea full dozen
- (prenominal) with all privileges, rights, etc; not restricteda full member
- (prenominal) of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parentsfull brother
- filled with emotion or sentimenta full heart
- (postpositive foll by of) occupied or engrossed (with)full of his own projects
- powerful or rich in volume and sound
- completing a piece or section; concludinga full close
- (of a garment, esp a skirt) containing a large amount of fabric; of ample cut
- (of sails, etc) distended by wind
- (of wine, such as a burgundy) having a heavy body
- (of a colour) containing a large quantity of pure hue as opposed to white or grey; rich; saturated
- informal drunk
- full and by nautical another term for close-hauled
- full of oneself full of pride or conceit; egoistic
- full up filled to capacitythe cinema was full up
- in full cry (esp of a pack of hounds) in hot pursuit of quarry
- in full swing at the height of activitythe party was in full swing
- completely; entirely
- (in combination)full-grown; full-fledged
- exactly; directly; righthe hit him full in the stomach
- very; extremely (esp in the phrase full well)
- full out with maximum effort or speed
- the greatest degree, extent, etc
- British a ridge of sand or shingle along a seashore
- in full without omitting, decreasing, or shorteningwe paid in full for our mistake
- to the full to the greatest extent; thoroughly; fully
- (tr) needlework to gather or tuck
- (intr) (of the moon) to be fully illuminated
Word Origin for full
- (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
Word Origin and History for fullness
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.
Idioms and Phrases with fullness
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.