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(also fulness)
  • 1The state of being filled to capacity.

    ‘scores of cans in different states of fullness’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most common presenting complaints are shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, and a sense of fullness within the chest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lengthy pause after the last person strolls past emphasises both the void and provides a sense of fullness and weight.’
    • ‘Deficient spleen Qi is shown by a sense of malaise or fullness in that area.’
    • ‘The ear may also feel blocked up and uncomfortable, with a sense of fullness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's also helpful in treating a sense of fullness in the chest or vomiting.’
    • ‘Emptiness is as full as fullness, and the whiteness of the paper is as expressive as the marks made upon it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In adults, complete resolution of symptoms such as ear fullness may take 6 weeks.’
    • ‘People with phlebitis complain of fullness, aching and fatigue in the lower legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1The state of having eaten enough or more than enough and feeling full.
      ‘the feeling of fullness you acquire from eating brown rice’
      • ‘Symptoms such as anorexia, nausea, vomiting, postprandial fullness, and diarrhea, all presumably secondary to gastric dysfunction, may be responsible.’
      • ‘Symptoms of intolerance are almost exclusively restricted to GI discomfort - diarrhea, excessive fullness, and nausea.’
      • ‘The ride home was noticeably slower, due to fullness, fatigue, and a strong headwind.’
      • ‘In addition, sensations of fullness, nausea, hunger and other perceptions were measured at baseline and again at 60-minute intervals.’
      • ‘This may cause a brief sensation of fullness, nausea or the need to belch.’
      • ‘Restrictive procedures promote weight loss by restricting intake via a small stomach capacity and delayed emptying, which causes a sense of fullness.’
      • ‘This fills your stomach, giving you a sense of fullness and helping you avoid late-night snacking.’
      • ‘This helps to curb hunger by filling the stomach and giving a sense of fullness.’
      • ‘The lunch brought back more than a 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Having access to big portions can override our natural sense 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.’
      • ‘This leads to a sense of fullness and has been clinically documented to result in significant weight loss.’
      • ‘Fat also helps maintain healthy hair and skin, protects vital organs, keeps your body insulated, and provides a sense of fullness after meals (satiety).’
      • ‘Protein is digested slowly, so foods high in this macronutrient help to prolong feelings of fullness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2The state of being complete or whole.
      ‘the honesty and fullness of the information they provide’
      • ‘Counsel for the respondent challenged the honesty and fullness of the account given by Ms Peters for the delay.’
      • ‘This is the most painful state, because the essential drive of every person is the drive for fullness and completion.’
      • ‘Sara reveled in the completeness, the fullness she felt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The second account is certainly fuller, but in what does this fullness consist?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An immediate sense of fullness suffused her, as if she had been waiting for just this thing to feel complete.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The combination of tiny, needle-fine details and a larger view or panorama creates an unusual sense of fullness and completion.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘To grasp this world in its fullness must lie beyond our capacities as moderns.’
      • ‘A treatise on the fulness of the everlasting gospel, setting forth its first principles, promises, and blessings.’
      • ‘Together we can move toward that fullness of truth we all strive for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even our brothers and sisters who find themselves in the clinical condition of a ‘vegetative state’ retain their human dignity in all its fullness.’
      • ‘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 I am in the presence of other human beings I want to revel in their creative and intellectual fullness, their uninhibited social warmth.’
      • ‘He knew I had witnessed the episode in its fullness.’
      • ‘Jesus said he came that we might have life - life in all it's fullness.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘What these passages show is that the biblical vision for God's creation is completeness, fullness, wholeness, and well-being.’
      • ‘It pleased the Father that for all saints and sinners all fullness should be treasured up in Christ Jesus.’
  • 2(of a person's body or part of it) the state of being filled out so as to produce a rounded shape.

    ‘the childish fullness of his cheeks’
    • ‘Of course, you'd need to use athletic socks for that, to properly convey the fullness women acquire when they're with child.’
    • ‘The hayrick steadily rose to its conical fullness.’
    • ‘She could almost taste the fullness of his lips…’
    • ‘Where the irises become skeletal by the end, the roses continue to retain their fullness.’
    • ‘Soon my muscles began to exhibit more fullness, depth and separation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Spectrum implant, filled posteriorly, gives more fullness and wideness to the base of the breast.’
    • ‘Her producer called to tell her ‘the network is concerned with the fullness of your face,’.’
    • ‘Chelsea lifts a finger and draws a line from his cheek to 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.’
    • ‘But while Gunter lacked symmetry and fullness (as most tall bodybuilders do), it's those qualities that set Alex apart from other behemoths.’
    • ‘It may be the shape of your eyes, the fullness of your lips or even the gleam of your smile.’
    • ‘I was fortunate enough to be born with good muscle shape and fullness, particularly in my biceps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    roundedness, roundness, plumpness, buxomness, shapeliness, ampleness, curvaceousness, voluptuousness, womanliness
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    1. 2.1(of a garment or the hair) the condition of having been cut or designed to give a full shape.
      ‘hair was cut with a high crown and fullness’
      • ‘A pear shaped face can be balanced with fullness at the crown and the around the temples.’
      • ‘She added the curly-textured hairpiece for fullness and easy maintenance.’
      • ‘If your hair is naturally thin or fine use a great volume enhancing shampoo to add fullness.’
      • ‘Likewise conditioner: these days, a good conditioner should lend fullness and gloss to the lankest or driest of locks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As for the cut, I tapered the hair on the back and sides, gradually creating fullness toward the top.’
      • ‘Gathered and elasticized waistlines, and full, bias-cut skirts also add some 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.’
      • ‘The ends were point cut, producing different lengths that add fullness and body. if you're an individualist’
      • ‘Even bridal gowns that have a built-in crinoline often lack the luster and fullness that a bridal crinoline offers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An underskirt is sewn into the garment giving it extra fullness.’
      • ‘They'll work hard to rebuild texture and add fullness to your limp strands.’
      • ‘Elasticized waistlines with gentle fullness and softly gathered skirt styles will camouflage rather than accentuate your curves.’
      • ‘Clothing was deceptively simple, with soft, heavy materials giving fullness and weight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Long face shapes should add layers for fullness on sides.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2Richness or intensity of flavor, sound, or color.
      ‘the coffee is of a luxurious fullness’
      • ‘I listened to the 5.1 track, and was pleasantly surprised at the richness and fullness of the sound.’
      • ‘It had the flavour, the fullness, the richness, the dryness and the length of a proper Chateauneuf du Pape.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whenever the orchestra swells up with a presentation of the title music, there's a pleasing fullness to the sound.’
      • ‘Drink with a glass of well-chilled, dry Italian wine to appreciate the fullness of all the flavours.’
      • ‘Good value for money this has a fullness and delicate flavour and is crisp without being acidic or sharp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some points in the opera are on the unsatisfactory side of orchestral fullness for that reason, like the concluding cataclysm.’
      • ‘A small amount of soy sauce lent extra depth and fullness.’
      • ‘Hallmarks of quality are fullness of body, balance of acidity, and persistence of flavour.’
      • ‘The fullness, forcefulness, beauty, and quality both of the singing and the instrumental music have been quite moving for me.’
      • ‘Audio is very clear, and music comes through with fullness and resonance, although it is not a major feature of the film.’
      • ‘The tone held a childlike quality while retaining the fullness and firmness of a young woman's voice.’
      • ‘The density and viscosity of wine that combine to create an impression of fullness or weight on the palate.’
      • ‘As it stands, the disc delivers just the right level of fullness and power.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The lead fragrance is crisp but finishes with the fullness of amber and musks.’
      resonance, richness, depth, vibrancy, fruitiness, clarity, intensity, loudness, strength
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/ˈfo͝olnəs/ /ˈfʊlnəs/


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

      ‘he'll tell us in the fullness of time’
      • ‘The Wilson Committee considered that in the fullness of time all such records would eventually find their way into the public domain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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!’’
    the fullness of one's heart
    • Used with reference to overwhelming emotion.

      ‘the huge crowds sang and cheered to hide the fullness of their hearts.’
      • ‘What they wished rather was that he should speak out of the fulness of his heart and there leave the matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thank you to Brian and Ondine, from the fullness of my heart and on behalf of my family.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘And may He restore you to His Church,’ responded she, out of the fulness of her heart.’
      • ‘It is from the fullness of my heart, and the awareness of what I know to be true, that these essays have been written.’
      • ‘I thank you from the fullness of my heart for the generous and sacred way in which you shared your special gifts with me.’