Quite; to the same degree; without abatement or diminution; with the whole force or effect; thoroughly; completely; exactly; entirely. "The pawn I proffer shall be full as good." (Dryden) "The diapason closing full in man." (Dryden) "Full in the center of the sacred wood." (Addison)
Full is placed before adjectives and adverbs to heighten or strengthen their signification. "Full sad." . "Master of a full poor cell." . "Full many a gem of purest ray serene." . Full is also prefixed to participles to express utmost extent or degree; as, full-bloomed, full-blown, full-crammed full-grown, full-laden, full-stuffed, etc. Such compounds, for the most part, are self-defining.
1. Filled up, having within its limits all that it can contain; supplied; not empty or vacant; said primarily of hollow vessels, and hence of anything else; as, a cup full of water; a house full of people. "Had the throne been full, their meeting would not have been regular." (Blackstone)
2. Abundantly furnished or provided; sufficient in. Quantity, quality, or degree; copious; plenteous; ample; adequate; as, a full meal; a full supply; a full voice; a full compensation; a house full of furniture.
3. Not wanting in any essential quality; complete, entire; perfect; adequate; as, a full narrative; a person of full age; a full stop; a full face; the full moon. "It came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed." (Gen. Xii. 1) "The man commands Like a full soldier." (Shak) "I can not Request a fuller satisfaction Than you have freely granted." (Ford)
6. Having the attention, thoughts, etc, absorbed in any matter, and the feelings more or less excited by it, as, to be full of some project. "Every one is full of the miracles done by cold baths on decayed and weak constitutions." (Locke)
8. Impregnated; made pregnant. "Ilia, the fair, . . . Full of Mars." (Dryden) at full, when full or complete. Full age, a score in which all the parts for voices and instruments are given. Full sea, high water. Full swing, free course; unrestrained liberty; "Leaving corrupt nature to . . . The full swing and freedom of its own extravagant actings." South In full, at length; uncontracted; unabridged; written out in words, and not indicated by figures. In full blast. See Blast.
Origin: OE. & AS. Ful; akin to OS. Ful, D. Vol, OHG. Fol, G. Voll, Icel. Fullr, Sw. Full, Dan. Fuld, Goth. Fulls, L. Plenus, Gr, Skr. Prna full, pr to fill, also to Gr. Much, E. Poly-, pref, G. Viel, AS. Fela. Cf. Complete, Fill, Plenary, Plenty.
(01 Mar 1998)
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