- 1Containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space: wastebaskets full of rubbish she could only nod, for her mouth was fullMore example sentences
- The supply truck tows a water trailer and carries full water cans for direct exchange.
- The Opera House was far from full and yet the noise throughout the performance was quite amazing.
- She was going to ride the same bus as us, but this one was too full, so she was placed on the second bus.
- 1.1Having eaten or drunk to one’s limits or satisfaction. See also below.More example sentences
- How good one feels when one is full - how satisfied with ourselves and with the world!
- A high fibre meal gives the sensation of being quickly full and satisfied.
- Of course, we all had far too much to eat, and ended up flopped on the settee feeling full but satisfied for the rest of the night.
- 1.2 [predic.] (full of) Containing or holding much or many; having a large number of: his diary is full of entries about herMore example sentences
crowded with, packed with, crammed with, congested with; teeming with, swarming with, thick with, thronged with, overcrowded with, overrun with; abounding with, bursting with, overflowing with• informal jam-packed with, wall-to-wall with, stuffed with, chockablock with, chock-full of, bursting at the seams with, packed to the gunwales with, awash with
- Turn a corner and we were faced with a whole street full of quite beautiful patisserie shops.
- It was the happiest day of my life and my life has been full of happy moments.
- They are full of exquisite period details, from the accents to the frocks.
- 1.3 [predic.] (full of) Having a lot of (a particular quality): she was full of confidenceMore example sentences
- Its a story of the French Revolution, and a period piece full of courtly intrigue and a love story.
- The Glitterati have managed to produce an album full of strength without overpowering you.
- The dancers in Trisha Brown's troupe are superb, full of talent and strength.
- 1.4 [predic.] (full of) Completely engrossed with; unable to stop talking or thinking about: Anna had been full of her day, saying how Mitch had described England to herMore example sentences
- She was full of it, spouting out a load of rubbish she probably read in The Sun.
- At the moment he's full of his various building schemes.
- 1.5Filled with intense emotion: she picked at her food, her heart too full to eatMore example sentences
- There is nothing that pleases the Father more, than to see His children full of joy and thankfulness!
- That was many years ago, but to this day she is still full of guilt and shame.
- This is music full of loathing, both for itself and for the audience.
- 1.6Involving a lot of activities: he lived a full lifeMore example sentences
- He believes the treatment will ultimately pay for itself in that it will help patients lead a fuller, more normal life.
- His full schedule leads him around the world, partnering some of the most famous singers of our time.
- Under the expert tutelage of former sailors, the young people had a very full programme indeed.
- 2 [attributive] Not lacking or omitting anything; complete: fill in your full name below full details on requestMore example sentences
- This is because pears have to be eaten ripe to get anything like the full range of their taste and texture.
- The police claimed to have full details of their names and residences.
- I do not have the full details of the name of the officer who granted the permit to the individual concerned.
- 2.1(Often used for emphasis) reaching the utmost limit; maximum: he reached for the engine control and turned it up to full power John made full use of all the tuition providedMore example sentences
- The result is that many people do not reach their full potential while studying.
- I know she just wants us to do our best all the time, she wants us to reach our full potential all the time.
- I wish Ian well, and hope the change of school will motivate him to reach his full potential.'
- 2.2Having all the privileges and status attached to a particular position: the country applied for full membership in the European CommunityMore example sentences
- Whether pushing for observer status or full membership, the bid is a difficult one.
- For Marshall, citizenship expresses full membership in the national political community.
- The table tennis centre of excellence at Millthorpe School has been upgraded to full club status by the ETTA.
- 2.3(Of a report or account) containing as much detail or information as possible.More example sentences
- They will have to publish the full report, so that will put it all in perspective.
- For a fuller description and statistical analysis of these polls, see the website.
- Implementation of the plans is also dependent on a full archeological survey being carried out on the effected area.
- 2.4Used to emphasize an amount or quantity: he kept his fast pace going for the full 14-mile distanceMore example sentences
- She came to her full five foot six inches then and glared daggers at him.
- It was low tide and in the far distance, perhaps a full mile away, lay the distant glint of the sea.
- Gerhard drew himself up to his full five feet ten inches and looked up at the annoying man.
- 2.5 [attributive] (Of a covering material in bookbinding) used for the entire cover: bound in full clothMore example sentences
- Each volume is sewn and bound in full cloth and printed in a classic typeface on cream-wove, acid-free paper.
- 3(Of a person or part of their body) plump or rounded: she had full lips the fuller figureMore example sentences
- She was a pretty woman, with a slightly pointed face, a small upturned nose, and full ruby-red lips.
- Her own size seven body was full and firm, but it was nowhere as curvaceous as Nicola's.
- He lifted her by the waist, her curves full and voluptuous as he edged her towards the bed.
- 3.1(Of the hair) having body.More example sentences
- His hair was still full and a shade of light gray that stood in sharp contrast with the dark suit he wore.
- For example, if you have full hair worn close to the face try thinner, lighter frames.
- Her raven black hair was full and lustrous, reflecting the unpredictable writhings of the candle flames.
- 3.2(Of a garment) made using much material arranged in folds or gathers, or generously cut so as to fit loosely: the dress has a square neck and a full skirtMore example sentences
- It was a pale blue silk dress with a square cut neckline, fitted sleeves and a very full skirt.
- The length of the short should hit the shapeliest part of your leg and not be too full or too tight.
- That's the mainstream style now: sort of fitted at the waist, and fuller in the leg.
- 3.3(Of a sound) strong and resonant.More example sentences
- With two trombonists, they have a characteristic full sound down low on the music scale.
- With a very full sound and varied music mix the lads are sure to go from strength to strength.
- The dynamics are mixed and it builds well but most of the time it's soft and thin or thick and full sound.
- 3.4(Of a flavor or color) rich or intense.More example sentences
- Very clean and full with a biscuity flavour and subtle hints of citrus fruits on the nose.
- She explained that to get the full taste of a whiskey you need to add a little water.
- The full palate is rich in white peaches and not overly aggressive on the mousse which leaves a creamy, lengthy finish.
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- 1Straight; directly: she turned her head and looked full into his faceMore example sentences
- Ariadne looked back at the Minotaur, with interest, and laughed ‘full in his face’.
- Instead he planted it full in the solar plexus, lifting the man clear of the floor.
- His pillow missed Gary and hit Will full in the face.
- 2Very: he knew full well she was too polite to barge inMore example sentences
- The queer present negotiates with the past, knowing full well that the future is at stake.
- She understands full well that even when some men are given every option to embrace the role of Mr. Mom, they may still need a push.
- I'm doing what I can but I know full well I could do more.
- 2.1 • archaic Entirely (used to emphasize an amount or quantity): they talked for full half an hourMore example sentences
- Live full four-score years on this earth and heading to start another one when the Good Lord say ‘Come on, now, step aside and give somebody else a chance!’
- He weighed full fifteen stone.
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- 1The period, point, or state of the greatest fullness or strength; the height of a period of time.More example sentences
- So many of those who were killed in the attacks were right in the full of their lives.
- It would be very easy, even in the full of your health, to fall off a bike and that's exactly what happened.
- 1.1The state or time of full moon.More example sentences
- The moon is past the full, and she rises at nine.
- 1.2 • archaic or Irish The whole.More example sentences
- He summoned the full of his eloquence in persuasion.
- His mug was waiting by the stove. He poured himself the full of it and stirred in three spoons of sugar.
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- 1 [with object] • black English Make (something) full; fill up: he full up the house with bawlingMore example sentences
- Next thing, them going get up one morning and go to the seaside and want to full up the basket and empty the sea.
- Once the ports are fulled up, any one trying to log on will get rejected with username and password.
- The 24-27 dates turned out to be Memorial Day weekend & Reno is fulled up that weekend.
- 2 [with object] Gather or pleat (fabric) so as to make a garment full.More example sentences
- Her skirt was white, fulled and gathered and looked as if the entire milky way had fallen upon it.
- 3 [no object] • dialect or US (Of the moon or tide) become full.More example sentences
- I have cured many cases of goitre with Iodine, giving a powder every night for four nights, after the moon fulled and was waning.
- This gross darkness held till about one o'clock, although the moon had fulled but the day before.
- The September moon fulls on the 20th at 24 minutes past midnight, and is called the harvest moon.
full and by
- Sailing Close-hauled but with sails filling.More example sentences
- We are steering full and by and watch securing gear round the decks.
- For example, in a fresh gale, a well-conditioned man-of-war could just carry in chase, full and by, treble-reefed topsails, etc.
- Eagle was sailing full and by under her uppers, lowers, and course sails, plus the headsails.
full of beans
- see bean.
full of oneself
- Very self-satisfied and with an exaggerated sense of self-worth.More example sentences
- He was entirely full of himself and his opinions.
- At the same time, don't bow and scrape before the vulgar, even when they are proud and full of themselves.
- We were strong, arrogant and so full of ourselves.
full of years
- • archaic Having lived to a considerable age.More example sentences
- A Tory life peer died recently, full of years, and there was a four-column piece about his achievements which, however, noted that.
- The greatest, Edward Elgar, had been the first to die, full of years and loaded with honours, at his home in Worcester on February 23.
- One was older than the other and she died full of years quietly in her bed surrounded by devoted friends and family.
- 1Running at or providing maximum power or capacity: he had the heater full onMore example sentences
- We heard guitars full on in both left and right directions!
- I was driving full on back from Tesco, and at the traffic lights, in the car next to me, was Prince Edward.
- The oven tap had been turned full on, and there was a big fat paw print next to it.
- 2So as to make a direct or significant impact: the recession has hit us full onMore example sentences
- He was very close to me, and I straightened my back, meeting his smouldering gaze full on in pure defiance.
- The frantic tone caused her to roll out of bed immediately, hitting the floor full on.
- He felt as if he had just hit a brick wall full on, the pain was incredible.
- 2.1 (full-on) • informal (Of an activity or thing) not diluted in nature or effect: this is full-on ballroom boogieMore example sentences
- But his voice is all wrong for the full on Dr. Doom effect.
- Since all the vegetation has been removed the Canada geese have full on access to the back parking lot and are trying to come into the back door of the bird store.
- Somehow, someone has given them my travel itinerary and they are waging a full on attack while I am incapable of traveling out there to rearrange and rectify the situation.
- 1As much or as far as possible; with maximum effort or power: he held his foot to the floor until the car raced full outMore example sentences
- Clonaslee Tidy Towns committee are working full out in an effort to enhance the appearance of the village before judging in the national competition takes place.
- I try to do what my doctor says and skip certain steps, like arabesque, but I feel like I'm being lazy unless I do everything full out.
- His smirk disappeared and he was full out glaring at me.
- 2 Printing Flush with the margin.More example sentences
- Paragraphs starting ‘full out’ may be indistinguishable from the previous paragraph if the latter ends with a full, or almost full, line.
full steam (or speed) ahead
- Used to indicate that one should proceed with as much speed or energy as possible.More example sentences
- You can see they feel that this is a much better nomination, that they want to move ahead, full steam ahead.
- And just ahead, partisan politics is moving full steam ahead here in Washington.
- Permission was finally granted this summer for the brewery to go ahead and the glass worker has been going full steam ahead since July.
full to the brim
- see brim.
- Filled to capacity.More example sentences
- I have an entire room literally filled with framed work, and a plans chest full up of unframed stuff.
- The charity's shelter is already full up, with 40 cats in its care and another 33 on its waiting list.
- Patrick said: ‘I said to this particular manager that I was very lucky and had the tank been full up I do not think I would have been able to get out of it.’
- Having eaten or drunk so much that one is replete.More example sentences
- I've told her that I'm not up for going out for something to eat in a major way, what with having had lunch earlier (and I still feel full up hours later).
- My wife, who had chosen a more moderate selection of dishes from the Menu Saison, was full up by this point, but I was only just getting started!
- I was full up before I'd eaten half of it, but I couldn't put my knife and fork down until it was all gone.
- With nothing omitted: I shall expect your life story in fullMore example sentences
- She explained the story in full to her mother, who sounded somewhat shocked and appalled.
- The hospital also comes across looking bad, but their side of the story hasn't been told in full.
- Whole paragraphs, like the following one, are worth quoting in full for their vivid illumination of an age.
- To the full amount due: their relocation costs would be paid in fullMore example sentences
- When the end of the term is reached, the outstanding loan amount must be repaid in full.
- The obvious risk is that the fund will not have grown sufficiently to pay back your capital amount in full.
- Now Bernie has only a matter of days to go before his dues are paid in full and he's determined to leave Las Vegas to make a fresh start in life.
- To the utmost; completely: the textbooks have failed to exploit in full the opportunities offeredMore example sentences
- Our stance and programme is rehabilitation to assist them to exploit their potential in full.
- This they say will allow children to have a better opportunity to benefit in full from the education system.
- By March, however, it is intended to start implementing the bye-laws in full.
to the full
- To the greatest possible extent: enjoy your free trip to Europe to the fullMore example sentences
fully, thoroughly, completely, to the utmost, to the limit, to the maximum, for all one's worth
- Every young person must be allowed to develop his or her skills and creativeness to the full.
- He farmed all his life until his retirement a few years ago, and he was a man who enjoyed those years to the full.
- Matthew, the youngest of three children, was described by his father as a livewire who lived life to the full.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vol and German voll.
verb[with object] (often as noun fulling)
- Clean, shrink, and felt (cloth) by heat, pressure, and moisture.More example sentences
- The best of them all was surely broadcloth, which in the eighteenth century was a superfine grade of woolen cloth that was fulled, or shrunk, napped, and shorn so that it was the consistency of felt but with a smooth surface.
- Felting and/or fulling require heat, agitation and/or alkalinity.
- According to mill historian Martin Watts, the double mill is likely to have served a dual function, with one mill building used to grind corn and the other used for another purpose such as cloth fulling.
Middle English: probably a back-formation from fuller1, influenced by Old French fouler 'press hard upon' or medieval Latin fullare, based on Latin fullo 'fuller'.