Definition of full-length in English:



  • 1Of the standard length.

    ‘a full-length Disney cartoon’
    • ‘After her medical studies, she wrote a number of short stories, three picture books and three full-length books for children.’
    • ‘The article expands into a full-length book, and in exclusive interviews with Smith, Capote wins his trust.’
    • ‘It's a short four minutes and made me wish for a full-length, standard sort of commentary.’
    • ‘But, even full-length sizing of standard rifle cases doesn't take a lot of effort.’
    • ‘Two of the contributors have written full-length books already reviewed in Taipei Times.’
    • ‘In addition to the standard commentary, it contains a full-length documentary on the making of the movie, plus a trailer for the film.’
    • ‘Still, I was engaged from start to finish; steered right, I think Workspace could eventually be a marvelous full-length play.’
    • ‘Gilchrist and Wagner are coordinating both full-length post-sequencing analysis, and clone selection.’
    • ‘It consisted of a nice thick book with articles about all the bands on the full-length CD attached.’
    • ‘Uzzell's early ideas were refined some thirty years later when he considered full-length fiction, in his book The Technique of the Novel.’
    • ‘The study of full-length cDNA remains an indispensable approach for determining the structure of genes.’
    • ‘Adolf Eichmann is not an obvious candidate for a full-length biography, and before his capture in 1960 and trial the following year no one would have thought of writing one.’
    • ‘One of the many full-length movies posted to Google Video - with varying degrees of quality - is Akira.’
    • ‘The carrier will also make the last four episodes of the full-length shows available on-demand.’
    • ‘You'll forget the rambling opening, in which storm clouds sleepily gather for the length of a normal full-length feature.’
    • ‘Along with the standard soundtracks, we also get a full-length commentary by author Allan Slutsky and director Paul Justman.’
    • ‘How much does a spring cost and how much longer will one last with a full-length rod compared to a standard rod?’
    • ‘While a blogger can write at any length, few seem inclined to post the kind of full-length essay that is the stock in trade of an intellectual magazine like Commentary.’
    • ‘Ironies aside, basing a full-length Hollywood feature on a well loved, long-running comic book is always a mixed blessing.’
    • ‘The magazine tube is full-length to fit either barrel length chosen.’
    1. 1.1 (of a garment or curtain) extending to, or almost to, the ground.
      ‘a full-length satin gown’
      • ‘It also means passengers can travel light on long-haul flights and don't cram cabins with suits or full-length dresses.’
      • ‘Despite the sweltering heat, he was wearing trousers and a full-length shirt.’
      • ‘He is dressed in a Crombie full-length coat and is brandishing a sharpened steel comb.’
      • ‘Although his full-length robe includes a priestly high collar, he is without the flowing cloak which was a feature of Jesuit priestly dress.’
      • ‘The addition of full-length curtains, soft furnishings and cushions will go some way to reducing noise levels.’
      • ‘Ladies who fear show day will be wet could do worse than try a waterproof three-quarter or full-length jacket with a caped shoulder and fully lined in country check by Target Dry.’
      • ‘She always wore flowery, full-length skirts with a cotton blouse.’
      • ‘If you decide to stay, dress appropriately in non-synthetic full-length clothing, and sturdy leather boots.’
      • ‘Woollen kilts, Hessian full-length skirts, single shoulder organza tops and transparent trousers appear in earthy tones of brown and green.’
      • ‘Twomey, who had bought the full-length coat in Brown Thomas, said it was worth between €450 and €550.’
      • ‘Keep in mind that a full-length jacket should fall around the lower level of your shins, which is perfect for those colder winter days.’
      • ‘He was wearing a black or dark coloured full-length coat, jeans and a sweatshirt at the time of the attack.’
      • ‘I glanced down at myself, my tan sweater and black full-length skirt.’
      • ‘Berber men in Kabylia wore a burnous, a full-length cloak worn with a hood, woven out of very fine white or brown wool.’
      • ‘She wore a full-length white night gown, a fabric made translucent by the moon and low bedside lamp and creating a perfect silhouette of her form underneath.’
      • ‘So the owner of the shop goes in back and comes out with an absolutely gorgeous full-length coat.’
      • ‘Colorful, full-length skirts are worn with delicately embroidered white blouses, sometimes worn off the shoulder.’
      • ‘The bride wore a full-length gown of white brocade with shoulder length veil and tiara.’
      • ‘Ladies of the dominion dressed in full-length gowns that touched the floor.’
      • ‘So the stainless steel sculpture ended up in a more traditional full-length gown.’
    2. 1.2 (of a mirror or portrait) showing the whole human figure.
      ‘she caught sight of herself in a full-length mirror’
      • ‘Point being, we sadly did not have time during this brief pre-London Bridge exchange to ask why she was carrying with her a slim, wood-backed full-length mirror.’
      • ‘In a showroom dominated by a full-length mirror and vast photos of his clothes from the pages of Vogue, we drank endless cups of herbal tea, while Gibb and Bates smoked a chain of cigarettes.’
      • ‘Besides a king-size bed with white sheets, a wooden table and a full-length mirror by the side of the bed, there was simply nothing else in the room.’
      • ‘Yet now and then you feel the tug, standing in front of a full-length mirror, fantasizing about cannonball shoulders and chiseled biceps.’
      • ‘In addition to these were full-length portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland, showing that Gainsborough was attracting patronage from the royal family.’
      • ‘The Government really should issue a full-length mirror to every home in the nation, and enshrine its use in legislation.’
      • ‘She looked into her full-length mirror and studied herself.’
      • ‘She was standing looking at her body in the full-length mirror through the steam of the filling bath when she heard the steady snipping of garden shears.’
      • ‘Sarah stood in front of the full-length mirror and gazed at herself.’
      • ‘I don't seem to have any kind of realistic body image and almost never enjoy what I see in a full-length mirror.’
      • ‘She put it all on and looked into a full-length mirror.’
      • ‘I didn't even have a full-length mirror in my flat at that stage.’
      • ‘Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and mad George III were also on hand, although only in full-length portrait form.’
      • ‘She picked up the full-length mirror next to her and threw it at me.’
      • ‘In fact, it was replaced by white walls, a wooden table and a full-length mirror.’
      • ‘While the book uses mostly evocative narrative images as its illustrations, it also includes a handful of full-length portraits.’
      • ‘Let's face it; the quick look you take in the full-length mirror outside the changing room is not always the best judge.’
      • ‘Ter Borch's later full-length portraits depict sitters with reserved yet confident postures.’
      • ‘I had a long, hard look at myself in the full-length mirror this morning.’
      • ‘However, the female bathrooms are more carefully designed with full-length mirrors, seats and rolled hand towels.’
      entire, complete, full, total
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usually full length
  • (of a person) with the body lying stretched out and flat.

    ‘Lucy flung herself full length on the floor’
    • ‘At the other end James Regan dived full length to keep out a Neil Chambers effort in the 31st.’
    • ‘We have the futon unfolded, and we're lying full length, with our heads propped up on cushions.’
    • ‘Liam O'Malley came to his sides rescue when he went full length to block a shot on the line from John Dyra.’
    • ‘Hurst was called into action as early as the third minute, diving full length to deny James Hughes.’
    • ‘As we approached the levelling-out stage she prepared to move forward, tripped and fell full length.’
    • ‘All year long you've dreamed of having the time to dive full length into a series of good books.’
    • ‘Dabizas missed the ball which gave Speed, unmarked, an extra second to fling himself full length at the ball.’
    • ‘The lengths ran randomly from the sill to the second floor girt or full length to the roof girt.’
    • ‘He struck it well but the agile Tony Lyons dived full length to turn it around the post for a forty five.’
    • ‘I fell, at great speed, full length on to the pavement and damaged my face badly.’
    • ‘Eanuth saw this coming and rose towards the sky stretching his wings to full length.’
    full length, length of time, time, time span, time scale, period, term, span, spell, stretch, fullness, length, extent, continuation, continuance, perpetuation, prolongation
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