One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person whose occupation is fulling cloth.
- ‘The charter created the town's first link with the textile industry as it allowed fullers - who cleansed and thickened cloth by washing and beating it - to ply their trade in Bolton.’
- ‘This had been demonstrated before in the Marian persecution in the 1550s where many of the martyrs had occupations such as labourers, weavers, carpenters and fullers.’
- ‘Le Balle was also one of the places where fullers set up tenters used to stretch out cloth to dry.’
- ‘Stale urine contains ammonia; in ancient Rome fullers used it in the cleaning and dyeing of clothes; in Britain it was known as lye and was the choice of poor housewives well into the nineteenth century.’
Old English fullere, from Latin fullo, of unknown origin.
1A grooved or rounded tool on which iron is shaped.
- ‘Once the billet was finished I forged a bar out of the billet, forged the shoulder, then the tip and edges, next the fuller was forged in with a fullering tool I built for this sword, lastly the tang was hammered in.’
- 1.1 A groove made by a fuller, especially in a horseshoe.
- ‘The object of the present invention is to provide an improved method of manufacturing a horseshoe with fullering using traditional smithing techniques whilst avoiding undesirable deformation.’
Stamp (iron) with a fuller.
- ‘It should be noted the 1878 is fullered one one side only.’
- ‘The following miscellaneous forging operations are briefly presented: coining, heading, piercing, hubbing, cogging, fullering and edging, roll forging, and skew rolling.’
- ‘The body is stiff and flexible due to the tapering and fullering as well as the spring tempered martensitic body.’
- ‘Using drawing, splitting, fullering, riveting and sinking techniques, we will produce ladles, forks, spoons and spatulas using iron, copper and brass.’
- ‘While the blade is substantial, it is fullered to provide balance and good handling characteristics.’
- ‘Heavy forged gate, with 20 mm square verticals, fullered spiked tops and circles captured by collars.’
- ‘These stations have names such as fullering, blocking, edging, bending and cut off.’
- ‘The idea of fullering is to lighten and strengthen the blade at the same time.’
- ‘By the time he had show us drawing down, controlled bending, fullering, flatting in mild steel, I was the proud owner of a fire rake.’
- ‘The broad, fullered blade with a clipped-back point seen on the sword shown on the salt is quite impractical for hunting.’
- ‘‘The course covered forge welding, annealing, drawing out, fullering, upsetting, and most aspects of traditional blacksmithing.’’
Early 19th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.
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