Definition of


  1. (noun, time) the time when the Moon is fully illuminated
  2. (verb, contact) beat for the purpose of cleaning and thickening
  3. (verb, change) make (a garment) fuller by pleating or gathering
  4. (verb, change) increase in phase
  5. (adj, all) containing as much or as many as is possible or normal
    a sky full of stars
    a full life
    the auditorium was full to overflowing
  6. (adj, all) constituting the full quantity or extent; complete
    gave full attention
    a total failure
  7. (adj, all) complete in extent or degree and in every particular
    a total eclipse
    a total disaster
  8. (adj, all) filled to satisfaction with food or drink
  9. (adj, all) (of sound) having marked deepness and body
    a full voice
  10. (adj, all) having the normally expected amount
    gives good measure
    a good mile from here
  11. (adj, all) being at a peak or culminating point
    full summer
  12. (adj, all) having ample fabric
    a full skirt
  13. (adv, all) to the greatest degree or extent; completely or entirely; (`full' in this sense is used as a combining form)
    he didn't fully understand
    knew full well

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Full

empty, thin

Alternate forms of Full

Derivations: fuller, fullness

Hyponyms: harvest moon

Hypernyms: alter, beat, change, increase, modify, phase of the moon

Origin of the word Full

  1. O.E. full "completely, full," from P.Gmc. *fullaz (cf. O.Fris. ful, O.N. fullr, O.H.G. fol, Ger. voll, Goth. fulls), from PIE *ple- (see plenary). Adverbial sense was common in M.E. (full well, full many, etc.). Full moon was O.E. fulles monan; first record of full-blood in relation to racial pu… more
  2. "to tread or beat cloth to cleanse or thicken it," late 14c., from O.Fr. fuler (see foil (v.)); O.E. had the agent-noun fuller, probably directly from L. fullo. The material called fuller's earth (silicate of alumina) is first recorded 1520s, so called because it was used in cleansing cloth. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Full

fa la, fable, fail, faille, fal la, fall, fall away, falla, fallal, fallow, feeble, feebly, feel, fell, fella, fellah

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