Definitions for: Whole


[n] an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
[n] all of something including all its component elements or parts; "Europe as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"
[adv] to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent; "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "It was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly' as in"a whole new idea")
[adj] including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete; "gave his whole attention"; "a whole wardrobe for the tropics"; "the whole hog"; "a whole week"; "the baby cried the whole trip home"; "a whole loaf of bread"
[adj] (of siblings) having the same parents; "whole brothers and sisters"
[adj] exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"



Webster (1913) Definition: Whole, a. [OE. hole, hol, hal, hool, AS. h[=a]l well,
sound, healthy; akin to OFries. & OS. h?l, D. heel, G. heil,
Icel. heill, Sw. hel whole, Dan. heel, Goth. hails well,
sound, OIr. c?l augury. Cf. Hale, Hail to greet, Heal
to cure, Health, Holy.]
1. Containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all
the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire; as,
the whole earth; the whole solar system; the whole army;
the whole nation. ``On their whole host I flew unarmed.''
--Milton.

The whole race of mankind. --Shak.

2. Complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken
or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral; as, a whole
orange; the egg is whole; the vessel is whole.

My life is yet whole in me. --2 Sam. i. 9.

3. Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness;
healthy; sound; well.

[She] findeth there her friends hole and sound.
--Chaucer.

They that be whole need not a physician. --Matt. ix.
12.

When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.
--Tennyson.

Whole blood. (Law of Descent) See under Blood, n., 2.

Whole note (Mus.), the note which represents a note of
longest duration in common use; a semibreve.

Whole number (Math.), a number which is not a fraction or
mixed number; an integer.

Whole snipe (Zo["o]l.), the common snipe, as distinguished
from the smaller jacksnipe. [Prov. Eng.]

Syn: All; total; complete; entire; integral; undivided;
uninjured; unimpaired; unbroken; healthy.

Usage: Whole, Total, Entire, Complete. When we use
the word whole, we refer to a thing as made up of
parts, none of which are wanting; as, a whole week; a
whole year; the whole creation. When we use the word
total, we have reference to all as taken together, and
forming a single totality; as, the total amount; the
total income. When we speak of a thing as entire, we
have no reference to parts at all, but regard the
thing as an integer, i. e., continuous or unbroken;
as, an entire year; entire prosperity. When we speak
of a thing as complete, there is reference to some
progress which results in a filling out to some end or
object, or a perfected state with no deficiency; as,
complete success; a complete victory.

All the whole army stood agazed on him. --Shak.

One entire and perfect chrysolite. --Shak.

Lest total darkness should by night regain Her
old possession, and extinguish life. --Milton.

So absolute she seems, And in herself complete.
--Milton.


Whole, n.
1. The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts;
totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a
thing complete in itself.

``This not the whole of life to live, Nor all of
death to die. --J.
Montgomery.

2. A regular combination of parts; a system.

Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
--Pope.

Committee of the whole. See under Committee.

Upon the whole, considering all things; taking everything
into account; in view of all the circumstances or
conditions.

Syn: Totality; total; amount; aggregate; gross.

Synonyms: all, altogether, completely, entire, entirely, full, full-length, full-page, hale, healthy, intact, integral, livelong, total, totally, undivided, unit, whole thing, wholly

Antonyms: fractional, half, part, partially, partly

See Also: aggregate, artefact, artifact, complete, complex, composite, compound, concept, conception, construct, division, item, object, part, part, physical object, portion, section, section, segment, sum, total, totality, unit

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