: identical to an original in proportion and size
full-scale drawing
: involving full use of available resources
a full-scale biography
full-scale war
: total, complete
a full-scale musical renaissanceCurrent Biography

Examples of full-scale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If regulators and corporate backers approve full-scale mining as proposed, hundreds more workers will come to these mountains and truck out the ore that will supply battery factories now in development around Arizona and the West. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 The Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine has deepened the chasm between the Kremlin and a galvanized geopolitical West. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 The company reported profit of €663 million ($735 million) for the three months ending in June — nearly four times higher than in the same period last year, when bookings were badly affected by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Lauren Kent, CNN, 7 Sep. 2023 In all, the United States has supplied $43 billion in equipment, including weaponry, training, and other military and law enforcement aid, since Russia’s full-scale invasion began in February 2022, and more than $20 billion in economic and humanitarian aid. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2023 The Polestar Synergy concept is a full-scale model that mixes three designs from the winners of Polestar's latest design contest. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 Oleksii Reznikov has gone through more than 550 days of full-scale war. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 But the widening investigations at his ministry posed a first significant challenge for the government on anti-corruption measures since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2023 The temporary corridor, which hugs the western Black Sea coast from Ukraine to Bulgaria, was established to allow passage for civilian ships that have been docked in Ukrainian ports since before Russia’s full-scale invasion. Vivek Shankar, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-scale was in 1887

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“Full-scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-scale. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: identical to an original in size
: not limited in any way : using everything that can be used
a full-scale war
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