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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Whole \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."
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.
They that be whole need not a physician. --Matt. ix.
When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.
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 (Zool.), 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.
So absolute she seems,
And in herself complete. --Milton.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Whole \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.
2. A regular combination of parts; a system.
Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
Committee of the whole. See under Committee.
Upon the whole, considering all things; taking everything
into account; in view of all the circumstances or
Syn: Totality; total; amount; aggregate; gross.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adv 1: to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent
(`whole' is often used informally for `wholly'); "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"; "a whole new idea"
[syn: wholly, entirely, completely, totally,
all, altogether, whole] [ant: part, partially,
adj 1: 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" [ant: fractional]
2: (of siblings) having the same parents; "whole brothers and
sisters" [ant: half]
3: not injured [syn: unharmed, unhurt, unscathed, whole]
4: exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; "hale and
hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"
[syn: hale, whole]
5: acting together as a single undiversified whole; "a solid
voting bloc" [syn: solid, unanimous, whole]
n 1: all of something including all its component elements or
parts; "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of
2: 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" [syn: whole, unit]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
236 Moby Thesaurus words for "whole":
a certain, absolute, account, across-the-board, admissibility,
admission, admitting no exception, aggregate, all, all hands,
all the world, all-comprehensive, all-embracing, all-inclusive,
all-out, amount, amplitude, an, any, any one, assimilation, atomic,
be-all and end-all, being, blanket, box score, bulk, bunkum, cast,
categorical, census, clear, coherence, cohesion, compendious,
complete, completeness, composition, comprehension, comprehensive,
comprehensiveness, comprisal, concentrated, conclusive,
constituents, content, contents, count, coverage, decided,
decisive, definite, definitive, determinate, developed, difference,
divisions, downright, either, elements, eligibility, embodiment,
embracement, encompassment, encyclopedic, entire, entirety, entity,
envisagement, every man Jack, everybody, everyone, exclusive,
exhaustive, exhaustiveness, explicit, express, extent, final, fit,
fixed, flat, flat-out, flawless, force, full, full-fledged,
full-grown, full-scale, global, good, gross, guts, hale, healthy,
holistic, implicit, inappealable, inclusion, inclusive,
inclusiveness, incorporation, index, indisputable, individual,
indivisible, ingredients, innards, insides, intact, integral,
integrate, integrated, inventory, irreducible, items, linkage,
list, lone, magnitude, mass, matter, mature, matured, measure,
measurement, membership, monadic, monistic, number, numbers,
omnibus, one, one and all, one and indivisible, openness,
orbicular, organism, organization, out-and-out, outright, over-all,
panoramic, part, participation, parts, peremptory, perfect,
plenary, positive, product, quantity, quantum, reception,
reckoning, result, resultant, right, ripe, round, rounded, sane,
score, simple, single, singular, sole, solid, solitary, sound,
straight, straight-out, strength, substance, sum, sum total,
summation, supply, sweeping, synoptic, system, tale, tally,
the bottom line, the story, the whole story, tolerance, toleration,
total, totality, tote, tout le monde, unabbreviated, unanalyzable,
unblemished, unbroken, uncircumscribed, unconditional,
unconditioned, uncut, undamaged, undiminished, undistracted,
undivided, undoubting, unequivocal, unexpurgated, unhampered,
unhesitating, unhurt, uniform, unimpaired, uninjured, unique,
unitary, unity, universal, unlimited, unmarred, unmistakable,
unmitigated, unqualified, unquestioning, unreserved, unrestricted,
unswerving, untouched, unwaivable, utter, well, well-rounded,
wholesome, without exception, without omission, without reserve,
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