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Full (adjective)

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Full. adj. [ꝼull, Saxon; vol, Dutch.]

  1. Replete; without vacuity; without any space void.

    Better is an handful with quietness than both the hands full with travel and vexation of spirit. Eccl. iv. 6.

  2. Abounding in any quality good or bad.

          With pretence from Strephon her to guard,
    He met her full, but full of warefulness.
    Sidney.

                    You should tread a course
    Pretty and full of view.
    Shakespeare's Cymbeline.

    Followers, who make themselves as trumpets of the commendation of those they follow, are full of inconvenience; for they taint business through want of secresy, and they export honour from a man, and make him a return in envy. Bacon, Essay 49.

    In that sweet season, as in bed I lay,
    I turn'd my weary side, but sill in vain,
    Though full of youthful health and void of pain.
    Dryden.

    He is full of wants which he cannot supply, and compassed about with infirmities which he cannot remove. Tillots. Serm.

    From yon bright heaven our author fetch'd his fire,
    And paints the passions that your eyes inspire;
    Full of that flame, his tender scenes he warms,
    And frames his goddess by your matchless charms.
    Granv.

  3. Stored with any thing; well supplied with any thing.

              Full of days was he;
    Two ages past, he liv'd the third to see.
    Tickell.

  4. Plump; saginated; fat.

    A gentleman of a full body having broken his skin by a fall, the wound inflamed. Wiseman's Surgery.

  5. Saturated; sated.

    I am full of the burnt offerings of rams. Isa. i. 11.

    The alteration of scenes feeds and relieves of the eye, before it be full of the same object. Bacon.

  6. Crouded in the imagination or memory.

    Every one is full of the miracles done by cold baths on decayed and weak constitutions. Locke.

  7. That which fills or makes full; large; great in effect.

    Water digesteth a full meal sooner than any other liquor. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

  8. Complete; such as that nothing further is desired or wanted.

    That day had been the full accomplishment
    Of all his travels.
    Daniel's Civil War.

    Being tried at that time only with a promise, he gave full credit to that promise, and still gave evidence of his fedelity as fast as occasions were offered. Hammond's Pract. Catechism.

    The ressurection of Jesus from the dead hath given the world full assurance of another life. Tillotson, Sermon 5.

  9. Complete without abatement; at the utmost degree.

    At the end of two full years Pharaoh dreamed. Genesis.

    After hard riding plunge the horses into water, and allow them to drink as they please; but gallop them full speed, to warm the water in their bellies. Swift's Direct. to the Groom.

  10. Containing the whole matter; expressing much.

    Where my expressions are not so full as his, either our language or my art were defective; but where mine are fuller than his, they are but the impressions which the often reading of him hath left upon my thoughts. Denham.

    Should a man go about with never so set study to describe such a natural form of the year before the deluge as that which is at present established, he could scarcely do it in so few words, so fit and proper, so full and express. Woodward.

  11. Strong; not faint; not attenuated.

    I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart; but the saying is true, the empty vessel makes the greatest sound. Shakespeare's Henry V.

    Barrels placed under the floor of a chamber, make all noises in the same more full and resounding. Bacon's Nat. History.

                Dryden taught to join
    The varying verse, the full resounding line.
    Pope.

  12. Mature; perfect.

    In the sultanry of the Mamalukes, slaves reigned over families of free men; and much like were the case, if you suppose a nation, where the custom were that after full age the sons should expulse their fathers and mothers out of their possessions. Bacon's Holy War.

  13. [Applied to the moon.] Complete in its orb.

    Towards the full moon, as he was coming home one morning, he felt his legs faulter. Wiseman's Surgery.

  14. Noting the conclusion of any matter, or a full stop.

    Therewith he ended, making a full point of a hearty sigh. Sidney.

  15. Spread to view in all directions.

    'Till about the end of the third century, I do not remember to have seen the head of a Roman emperor drawn with a full face: they always appear in profile. Addison on Medals.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Daniel, Samuel (28) · Denham, John (75) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Ecclesiastes (5) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Granville, George (23) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · The Bible - Isaiah (16) · Locke, John (269) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Tickell, Thomas (12) · Tillotson, John (68) · Wiseman, Richard (68) · Woodward, John (78)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Dutch (90) · Saxon (215)

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