Ample
Ample Am"ple, a. [F. ample, L. amplus, prob. for ambiplus full on both sides, the last syllable akin to L. plenus full. See {Full}, and cf. {Double}.] Large; great in size, extent, capacity, or bulk; spacious; roomy; widely extended. [1913 Webster]

All the people in that ample house Did to that image bow their humble knees. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Fully sufficient; abundant; liberal; copious; as, an ample fortune; ample justice. [1913 Webster]

3. Not contracted of brief; not concise; extended; diffusive; as, an ample narrative. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Full; spacious; extensive; wide; capacious; abundant; plentiful; plenteous; copious; bountiful; rich; liberal; munificent.

Usage: {Ample}, {Copious}, {Abundant}, {Plenteous}. These words agree in representing a thing as large, but under different relations, according to the image which is used. Ample implies largeness, producing a sufficiency or fullness of supply for every want; as, ample stores or resources, ample provision. Copious carries with it the idea of flow, or of collection at a single point; as, a copious supply of materials. ``Copious matter of my song.'' --Milton. Abundant and plenteous refer to largeness of quantity; as, abundant stores; plenteous harvests. [1913 Webster]


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