Full swing

Full swing
Full Full (f[.u]l), a. [Compar. {Fuller} (f[.u]l"[~e]r); superl. {Fullest}.] [OE. & AS. ful; akin to OS. ful, D. vol, OHG. fol, G. voll, Icel. fullr, Sw. full, Dan. fuld, Goth. fulls, L. plenus, Gr. plh`rhs, Skr. p[=u][.r]na full, pr[=a] to fill, also to Gr. poly`s much, E. poly-, pref., G. viel, AS. fela. [root]80. Cf. {Complete}, {Fill}, {Plenary}, {Plenty}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Had the throne been full, their meeting would not have been regular. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

It came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed. --Gen. xii. 1. [1913 Webster]

The man commands Like a full soldier. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I can not Request a fuller satisfaction Than you have freely granted. --Ford. [1913 Webster]

4. Sated; surfeited. [1913 Webster]

I am full of the burnt offerings of rams. --Is. i. 11. [1913 Webster]

5. Having the mind filled with ideas; stocked with knowledge; stored with information. [1913 Webster]

Reading maketh a full man. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Every one is full of the miracles done by cold baths on decayed and weak constitutions. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

7. Filled with emotions. [1913 Webster]

The heart is so full that a drop overfills it. --Lowell. [1913 Webster]

8. Impregnated; made pregnant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Ilia, the fair, . . . full of Mars. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{At full}, when full or complete. --Shak.

{Full age} (Law) the age at which one attains full personal rights; majority; -- in England and the United States the age of 21 years. --Abbott.

{Full and by} (Naut.), sailing closehauled, having all the sails full, and lying as near the wind as poesible.

{Full band} (Mus.), a band in which all the instruments are employed.

{Full binding}, the binding of a book when made wholly of leather, as distinguished from half binding.

{Full bottom}, a kind of wig full and large at the bottom.

{Full brother} or {Full sister}, a brother or sister having the same parents as another.

{Full cry} (Hunting), eager chase; -- said of hounds that have caught the scent, and give tongue together.

{Full dress}, the dress prescribed by authority or by etiquette to be worn on occasions of ceremony.

{Full hand} (Poker), three of a kind and a pair.

{Full moon}. (a) The moon with its whole disk illuminated, as when opposite to the sun. (b) The time when the moon is full.

{Full organ} (Mus.), the organ when all or most stops are out.

{Full score} (Mus.), 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 (Colloq.)

{In full}, at length; uncontracted; unabridged; written out in words, and not indicated by figures.

{In full blast}. See under {Blast}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Full swing — Swing Swing, n. 1. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum. [1913 Webster] 2. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • full swing — full operation; greatest activity: For the first time in years the factory was in full swing. The meeting was in full swing when we arrived. * * * …   Universalium

  • full swing — full operation; greatest activity: For the first time in years the factory was in full swing. The meeting was in full swing when we arrived …   Useful english dictionary

  • full swing — If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • full swing —    If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Full swing —   If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • full swing — Synonyms and related words: ample scope, blank check, carte blanche, clearance, elbowroom, field, free course, free hand, free play, free scope, full scope, latitude, leeway, long rope, maneuvering space, margin, no holds barred, open space, play …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Full Swing (game show) — Full Swing was a game show that combined general knowledge questions and the game of Golf which aired on BBC1 for one series in 1996, the programme was hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck.GameplayEach week 3 contestants were paired up with celebrity guests… …   Wikipedia

  • full swing, (in) —  Very active and successful …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • in full swing — adverb proceeding with full vigor the party was in full swing • Syn: ↑in full action * * * in full swing At the height of activity • • • Main Entry: ↑full in full swing 1. In fully active operation 2. In mid career …   Useful english dictionary

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