One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Military. Designating a charge consisting of the full or maximum amount of propellant for a particular shell for use in action at maximum range. Now chiefly historical.
2Railways. Designating the application of maximum braking power under normal running conditions, especially as opposed to braking procedure in an emergency; of or relating to the application of such power.
3Of a business, establishment, etc.: that offers or has a complete range of services or amenities.
4North American. Designating a restaurant, petrol station, etc., where customers are waited on or attended to by staff.
North American. At a petrol station: a system whereby an attendant pumps the petrol for the customer, and sometimes also cleans their windshield, checks the oil, etc.
Early 19th century. From full + service.
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