Definition of fullness in English:


(also fulness)


  • 1The state of being filled to capacity.

    ‘scores of tins in different states of fullness’
    • ‘Occlusion of the eustachian tube produces a sense of fullness in the affected ear and a mild conductive hearing loss, which may be increased if there is fluid in the middle ear.’
    • ‘Most of the bupleurum formulas associated with the various permutations of Lesser Yang stage disease include the symptom of tightness and fullness of the chest.’
    • ‘Symptoms include fullness in the head, shortness of breath, weakness, and fatigue.’
    • ‘Some patients report ear pain or fullness before the paralysis.’
    • ‘Deficient spleen Qi is shown by a sense of malaise or fullness in that area.’
    • ‘It's also helpful in treating a sense of fullness in the chest or vomiting.’
    • ‘The lengthy pause after the last person strolls past emphasises both the void and provides a sense of fullness and weight.’
    • ‘I can't speak for anyone else, but for me my bin is cyclically in various degrees of emptiness and fullness: perhaps balancing out to both the proverbial half empty of the pessimist and the half full of the optimist.’
    • ‘The most common presenting complaints are shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, and a sense of fullness within the chest.’
    • ‘The ear may also feel blocked up and uncomfortable, with a sense of fullness.’
    • ‘Now, the air was full beyond fullness.’
    • ‘According to traditional Chinese medicine, the red bayberry, or Yangmei, can cure such abnormal physical symptoms as excessive perspiring, sensation of fullness in the chest and a light head.’
    • ‘Emptiness is as full as fullness, and the whiteness of the paper is as expressive as the marks made upon it.’
    • ‘In adults, complete resolution of symptoms such as ear fullness may take 6 weeks.’
    • ‘In eroticism the poles of life and death, being and nothingness, fullness and emptiness are one, dissolved like subject and object in the insensible totality of things.’
    • ‘Therefore, children with an earache or a sense of fullness in the ear, especially when combined with fever, should be evaluated by their doctors if they aren't improving.’
    • ‘People with phlebitis complain of fullness, aching and fatigue in the lower legs.’
    • ‘But, most importantly, remember that a vague sense of nausea with an. uncomfortable fullness in your neck and throat may be your only warning of an impending heart attack.’
    1. 1.1The state of having eaten enough or more than enough and feeling full up.
      ‘the feeling of fullness you acquire from eating brown rice or wholemeal bread’
      • ‘In this way, when you take your first bite you can take it with a relaxed sense of adding to your fullness, and not with a sense of needing to rush or overeat.’
      • ‘This helps to curb hunger by filling the stomach and giving a sense of fullness.’
      • ‘Dieters say that if you're used to eating a lot of bagels, pasta, pizza and sandwiches, you have to eat large amounts of protein- and fat-rich food to get the same feeling of fullness.’
      • ‘Restrictive procedures promote weight loss by restricting intake via a small stomach capacity and delayed emptying, which causes a sense of fullness.’
      • ‘The ride home was noticeably slower, due to fullness, fatigue, and a strong headwind.’
      • ‘This leads to a sense of fullness and has been clinically documented to result in significant weight loss.’
      • ‘So the foods most likely to give you that sense of fullness will be foods that are highly caloric, say, that might be high-fat, high-sugar foods.’
      • ‘This may cause a brief sensation of fullness, nausea or the need to belch.’
      • ‘Having access to big portions can override our natural sense of fullness.’
      • ‘With the exception of milk, liquid calories don't cause your body to register a sense of fullness; as a result, you stay hungrier, consume more calories than you need, and gain more weight.’
      • ‘Fat also helps maintain healthy hair and skin, protects vital organs, keeps your body insulated, and provides a sense of fullness after meals (satiety).’
      • ‘I had ordered from the light menu and I had a takeout box in my hand, so I was surprised to have achieved this state of stuffed-to-the-gills fullness.’
      • ‘Symptoms such as anorexia, nausea, vomiting, postprandial fullness, and diarrhea, all presumably secondary to gastric dysfunction, may be responsible.’
      • ‘This fills your stomach, giving you a sense of fullness and helping you avoid late-night snacking.’
      • ‘The lunch brought back more than a sense of fullness.’
      • ‘Protein is digested slowly, so foods high in this macronutrient help to prolong feelings of fullness.’
      • ‘They probably do provide a certain sense of fullness that helps the dieter stick with their regimen - kind of like a homemade Slimfast.’
      • ‘Symptoms of intolerance are almost exclusively restricted to GI discomfort - diarrhea, excessive fullness, and nausea.’
      • ‘Slipping back into old overeating habits requires a certain amount of dedication to consistently override the pain and discomfort of fullness, until you no longer register it.’
      • ‘In addition, sensations of fullness, nausea, hunger and other perceptions were measured at baseline and again at 60-minute intervals.’
    2. 1.2The state of being complete or whole.
      ‘the honesty and fullness of the information they provide’
      • ‘This is the most painful state, because the essential drive of every person is the drive for fullness and completion.’
      • ‘The second account is certainly fuller, but in what does this fullness consist?’
      • ‘Even our brothers and sisters who find themselves in the clinical condition of a ‘vegetative state’ retain their human dignity in all its fullness.’
      • ‘To grasp this world in its fullness must lie beyond our capacities as moderns.’
      • ‘Jupiter is the largest of all the planets, aptly reflecting its principle of drawing us towards a sense of fullness and offering a grander, more expansive vision of reality.’
      • ‘Counsel for the respondent challenged the honesty and fullness of the account given by Ms Peters for the delay.’
      • ‘A treatise on the fulness of the everlasting gospel, setting forth its first principles, promises, and blessings.’
      • ‘In a short few days, she managed to give him the sense of fullness that no others had ever given; she managed to become the most important person in his life.’
      • ‘When I am in the presence of other human beings I want to revel in their creative and intellectual fullness, their uninhibited social warmth.’
      • ‘Together we can move toward that fullness of truth we all strive for.’
      • ‘He knew I had witnessed the episode in its fullness.’
      • ‘Sara reveled in the completeness, the fullness she felt.’
      • ‘Well, it's the earliest images - of independence and freedom, particularly - that do live obstinately on, despite the blessing and the bludgeoning of life's fullness.’
      • ‘The combination of tiny, needle-fine details and a larger view or panorama creates an unusual sense of fullness and completion.’
      • ‘Jesus said he came that we might have life - life in all it's fullness.’
      • ‘‘Above all it takes a community to work together with pride in itself and faith in its capacity to reveal the fullness of its own beauty’, she added.’
      • ‘Eventually a small still voice asked the gathering if anyone present, who regarded themselves as living the Catholic faith in its fullness, might raise their hands.’
      • ‘When we are in the fullness of health, it is too easy to say there are conditions under which we would no longer want to live.’
      • ‘It is not surprising, therefore, that Newfoundland has a long and rich literary tradition and no shortage of poets who have given voice to the essential fullness of life in that bioregion.’
      • ‘An immediate sense of fullness suffused her, as if she had been waiting for just this thing to feel complete.’
      • ‘Other things - such as activity, loving, fullness of commitment - might also be involved.’
      completeness, comprehensiveness, thoroughness, exhaustiveness, all-inclusiveness, extensiveness, length, depth
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    3. 1.3(in or alluding to biblical use) all that is contained in the world.
      ‘God's green earth in all its fullness is for the people’
      • ‘It pleased the Father that for all saints and sinners all fullness should be treasured up in Christ Jesus.’
      • ‘What these passages show is that the biblical vision for God's creation is completeness, fullness, wholeness, and well-being.’
  • 2The state of being filled out so as to produce a rounded shape.

    ‘the childish fullness of his cheeks’
    • ‘Where the irises become skeletal by the end, the roses continue to retain their fullness.’
    • ‘Of course, you'd need to use athletic socks for that, to properly convey the fullness women acquire when they're with child.’
    • ‘But while Gunter lacked symmetry and fullness (as most tall bodybuilders do), it's those qualities that set Alex apart from other behemoths.’
    • ‘The hayrick steadily rose to its conical fullness.’
    • ‘Chelsea lifts a finger and draws a line from his cheek to the fullness of his lips.’
    • ‘I was fortunate enough to be born with good muscle shape and fullness, particularly in my biceps.’
    • ‘True, he is given to a certain stoutness and fullness of frame, but it has been remarked that this well-apportioned girth rather adds to the majestic dignity of his bearing.’
    • ‘I was savoring the lengthy period of feeling the cushioned and firm fullness of her lips as they had seemingly massaged mine in our endeavor.’
    • ‘He has been using injections of Restylane to smooth facial wrinkles such as laugh lines around the mouth and to enhance the appearance and fullness of lips.’
    • ‘As you get older, the collagen in your body is naturally degraded: so the skin gradually begins to lose its fullness and elasticity, leading to wrinkles.’
    • ‘I've noticed that my conditioning is now far better than ever, not to mention that my physique continues to improve at a faster rate in terms of density, fullness and detail.’
    • ‘Dot a little lip gloss in the middle of the lower lip for extra fullness, and then run your little finger around the inside of your lips to prevent excess lipstick smearing on your teeth.’
    • ‘The Spectrum implant, filled posteriorly, gives more fullness and wideness to the base of the breast.’
    • ‘By analyzing the mechanics and stress vectors of my chest exercises, I was able to reapply them with fresh techniques that gave my chest a much rounder and wider fullness, wrapping my pecs farther around my rib cage.’
    • ‘Her producer called to tell her ‘the network is concerned with the fullness of your face,’.’
    • ‘It may be the shape of your eyes, the fullness of your lips or even the gleam of your smile.’
    • ‘She could almost taste the fullness of his lips…’
    • ‘She did not have any other significant medical problems, but had noticed increased facial hair, new acne, and an increased fullness in her cheeks and trunk over the preceding months.’
    • ‘Within the tradition of Western aesthetics, female form has been defined and judged on the basis of the plasticity of its parts, the smoothness and fullness of its shape, and its capacity for completeness.’
    • ‘Soon my muscles began to exhibit more fullness, depth and separation.’
    roundedness, roundness, plumpness, buxomness, shapeliness, ampleness, curvaceousness, voluptuousness, womanliness
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    1. 2.1The condition of having been cut or designed to give a full shape.
      ‘hair was cut with a high crown and fullness’
      • ‘Choose elasticized waistbands or smooth-front waistbands with elastic in back, but avoid too much fullness; have just enough for a comfortable fit over the hips and waist.’
      • ‘Choose a style that adds fullness around your jaw, not your forehead.’
      • ‘For a narrow chin, the best look is a rounded shape with fullness at the bottom.’
      • ‘She added the curly-textured hairpiece for fullness and easy maintenance.’
      • ‘Likewise conditioner: these days, a good conditioner should lend fullness and gloss to the lankest or driest of locks.’
      • ‘An underskirt is sewn into the garment giving it extra fullness.’
      • ‘Long face shapes should add layers for fullness on sides.’
      • ‘A pear shaped face can be balanced with fullness at the crown and the around the temples.’
      • ‘Even bridal gowns that have a built-in crinoline often lack the luster and fullness that a bridal crinoline offers.’
      • ‘Gathered and elasticized waistlines, and full, bias-cut skirts also add some fullness.’
      • ‘Elasticized waistlines with gentle fullness and softly gathered skirt styles will camouflage rather than accentuate your curves.’
      • ‘For the right balance, try a soft ball gown without too much fullness or a skirt shape that is flat in front with draping or bustles in the back.’
      • ‘As for the cut, I tapered the hair on the back and sides, gradually creating fullness toward the top.’
      • ‘The ends were point cut, producing different lengths that add fullness and body. if you're an individualist’
      • ‘He applies a lightweight gloss after blow-drying and before curling to help keep her hair's natural volume and fullness under control and to add shine.’
      • ‘If your hair is naturally thin or fine use a great volume enhancing shampoo to add fullness.’
      • ‘This style of course was chosen to suit the shape of the client's face and highlight the features by giving fullness at the back and texturing the hair at the front.’
      • ‘For fullness at the top of the hair and softer, natural curls at the bottom, medium to small heated rollers from the ears down to the ends of the hair (especially around the neck area) can be used.’
      • ‘Clothing was deceptively simple, with soft, heavy materials giving fullness and weight.’
      • ‘They'll work hard to rebuild texture and add fullness to your limp strands.’
    2. 2.2Richness or intensity of flavour, sound, or colour.
      ‘the champagne is a fine example of mature fullness and ripeness’
      • ‘I listened to the 5.1 track, and was pleasantly surprised at the richness and fullness of the sound.’
      • ‘The tone held a childlike quality while retaining the fullness and firmness of a young woman's voice.’
      • ‘Hallmarks of quality are fullness of body, balance of acidity, and persistence of flavour.’
      • ‘The use of the electric guitar added a fullness of sound that is often not found in the singer songwriter genre, which seems enamoured with the acoustic guitar.’
      • ‘As it stands, the disc delivers just the right level of fullness and power.’
      • ‘Whenever the orchestra swells up with a presentation of the title music, there's a pleasing fullness to the sound.’
      • ‘Distilled down to a base of bass, drums, guitar and - in an almost focal role - keys, they haven't shaken the rich fullness of that first disc.’
      • ‘Good value for money this has a fullness and delicate flavour and is crisp without being acidic or sharp.’
      • ‘The other instruments weave their sounds into the tapestry of music, and the audience exhales as one at the beauty of the fullness of their sound.’
      • ‘The density and viscosity of wine that combine to create an impression of fullness or weight on the palate.’
      • ‘Some points in the opera are on the unsatisfactory side of orchestral fullness for that reason, like the concluding cataclysm.’
      • ‘It had the flavour, the fullness, the richness, the dryness and the length of a proper Chateauneuf du Pape.’
      • ‘With Pinot Blanc it offers a fresh, soft easy-drinking style and with Sylvaner an earthy and honey fullness streaked with green apple acidity and sometimes even a whiff of tomato.’
      • ‘A plus in most bands - at least that is what they say - is that a second guitarist adds depth and fullness to a band's sound.’
      • ‘Here Nebbiolo-based wines reach their maximum aromatic complexity, and express a fullness of flavour which balances the relatively high acidity and substantial tannins which are invariably present.’
      • ‘Drink with a glass of well-chilled, dry Italian wine to appreciate the fullness of all the flavours.’
      • ‘The fullness, forcefulness, beauty, and quality both of the singing and the instrumental music have been quite moving for me.’
      • ‘The lead fragrance is crisp but finishes with the fullness of amber and musks.’
      • ‘Floated high notes, an evenly produced voice throbbing with emotion, warmth and fullness of sound, and generosity of soul all were part of what made Tebaldi great.’
      • ‘Audio is very clear, and music comes through with fullness and resonance, although it is not a major feature of the film.’
      • ‘A small amount of soy sauce lent extra depth and fullness.’
      resonance, richness, depth, vibrancy, fruitiness, clarity, intensity, loudness, strength
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  • the fullness of one's (or the) heart

    • literary Overwhelming emotion.

      ‘out of the fullness of our hearts, praise flows out to God’
      • ‘Out of the fullness of my heart and love for you all I send a Message Divine to inspire you, to instantly elevate and to transform your life.’
      • ‘It is from the fullness of my heart, and the awareness of what I know to be true, that these essays have been written.’
      • ‘This joint-letter was not an official document, but written out of the fulness of the heart of those who cared more for the prosperity of God's work than for their own recognition.’
      • ‘With each movement he allows the fullness of the heart to be expressed while continuing to hold that movement in the context of his soul's love of truth.’
      • ‘What they wished rather was that he should speak out of the fulness of his heart and there leave the matter.’
      • ‘‘And may He restore you to His Church,’ responded she, out of the fulness of her heart.’
      • ‘I thank you from the fullness of my heart for the generous and sacred way in which you shared your special gifts with me.’
      • ‘John Stich, half crazy with joy, was tossing his cap in the air, and in the fulness of his heart was stealing a few kisses from Mistress Betty's pretty mouth.’
      • ‘Thank you to Brian and Ondine, from the fullness of my heart and on behalf of my family.’
      • ‘Forgive the trespasses of others and of nations and to set free the division of hearts and allow the fullness of our heart to pulsate and vibrate at the core.’
      • ‘They teach from the fullness of the heart as well as from well trained minds; their work depends on the grace of God as well as on an effective methodology.’
  • in the fullness of time

    • After a due length of time has elapsed; eventually.

      ‘he'll tell us in the fullness of time’
      • ‘The general public has both of these nice properties, so any gizmo that's useful to the general public will, in the fullness of time and technological development, become relatively cheap and easy to use.’
      • ‘On a completely different tack, there is news on the Extreme Gardening front: I have successfully germinated a strelitzia nicolai, which in the fullness of time, will grow some 30 feet high.’
      • ‘The Wilson Committee considered that in the fullness of time all such records would eventually find their way into the public domain.’
      • ‘Because it was likely that, in the fullness of time, the lads may want to marry and take a small farm of their own, Walter and Kate saved hard so that when the time came they could say: ‘We'd like to be able to help t'lads get a start’.’
      • ‘The answer to this question will be given in our next part; but we can assure you that all will be fulfilled ‘in the fulness of time!’’
      • ‘Yes, there are a bigoted few but this hardly accounts for the overwhelming number of otherwise sensible people who, I am quite certain, will look back on their opposition with embarrassment in the fullness of time.’
      • ‘The question whether Lady Thatcher should - in the remote fullness of time - be entitled to a state funeral is not debatable to anyone with a sense of British and global history.’
      in due course, when the time is ripe, eventually, in time, in time to come, at a later date, one day, some day, sooner or later, in a while, after a while, after a bit, ultimately, finally, in the end
      at the end of the day
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