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)
- to or for the full or required amount.
- without abridgment: The book was reprinted in full.
Origin of full1
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
- 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.