giant, hulk, heavyweight, whale(noun)
a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
hunt for whales
Any of several species of large sea mammals.
Something, or someone, that is very large.
(In a casino) a person who routinely bets at the maximum limit allowable.
To hunt for whales.
To flog, to beat.
Origin: from hwæl, from hwalaz (compare German Wal, Danish hval), from (s)kʷálos 'sheatfish' (compare German Wels, Latin squalus, Old Prussian kalis, Ancient Greek ἄσπαλος, Avestan ...).
any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone
Origin: [OE. whal, AS. hwl; akin to D. walvisch, G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval, hvalfisk. Cf. Narwhal, Walrus.]
Whale is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale sometimes refers to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which belong to the suborder Odontoceti. This suborder also includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The other Cetacean suborder, Mysticeti, comprises filter feeders that eat small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale, the bowhead whale and the minke whale. All cetaceans have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings on top of the head. Whales range in size from the blue whale, the largest animal known to have ever existed at 30 m and 180 tonnes, to various pygmy species, such as the pygmy sperm whale at 3.5 m. Whales collectively inhabit all the world's oceans and number in the millions, with annual population growth rate estimates for various species ranging from 3% to 13%.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hwāl, n. the common name of a cetaceous mammal, the largest of sea-animals, including the toothed whales, such as Sperm Whale and Dolphin, and the whalebone whales, such as Right Whale and Rorqual, in which the teeth are only embryonic.—v.i. to take whales.—ns. Whale′-back, a boat whose maindecks are covered in and rounded, for rough seas; Whale′-boat, a long, narrow boat used in the pursuit of whales; Whale′bone, a light flexible substance consisting of the baleen plates of the Arctic and allied whales.—adj. made of whalebone.—ns. Whale′-calf, a young whale—also Calf whale; Whale′-fish′er, one engaged in whale-fishery or the hunting of whales; Whale′-fish′ery; Whale′-fish′ing; Whale′-line, strong rope used for harpoon-lines in the whale-fishery; Whale′-louse, a genus of Crustacea, parasitic on the skin of Cetaceans; Whale′-man, Whāl′er, a person employed in whale-fishing; Whale′-oil, oil obtained from the blubber of a whale; Whāl′er, Whale′ship, a ship employed in the whale-fishing; Whāl′ery, whaling.—adj. Whāl′ing, connected with whale-catching.—n. the business of catching whales.—ns. Whāl′ing-gun, a contrivance for killing whales by means of a projectile; Whāl′ing-mas′ter, the captain of a whaler; Whāl′ing-port, a port where whalers are registered.—Whale's bone, ivory.—Bull whale, an adult male whale. [A.S. hwæl (Ice. hvalr, Ger. walfisch); orig. unknown.]
hwāl, v.t. (slang) to thrash. [Form of wale.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'WHALE' in Nouns Frequency: #2492
The numerical value of WHALE in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of WHALE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- ཆུ་སྲིན།Tibetan Standard
- balenaCatalan, Valencian
- velryba, velrybařitCzech
- morfil, morfilodWelsh
- baleno, balenino, virbaleno, baleniĉoEsperanto
- وال, نهنگPersian
- pyytää, valaita, valasFinnish
- tovuto, tavutoFijian
- muc-mharaScottish Gaelic
- વહેલ માછલી, તિમિGujarati
- ह्वेल, व्हेल, ह्वेल मछली, तिमिHindi
- balènHaitian Creole
- bálna, cetHungarian
- ikan, pausIndonesian
- クジラ, 勇魚, 鯨Japanese
- iwak pausJavanese
- arfeqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ວານ, ບາແລນLao
- ika moanaMāori
- ikan paus, lodan, mina, paus, gajah minaMalay
- hval, kvalNorwegian
- kvalNorwegian Nynorsk
- łóóʼtsohNavajo, Navaho
- waleń, wielorybPolish
- велриба, кит, kit, velribaSerbo-Croatian
- சிலக்குணம், சிலத்திற்கடுகுTamil
- kit, kitrTurkmen
- tofuāʻaTonga (Tonga Islands)
- كىتUyghur, Uighur
- cá voi, cá ông, kình ngư, cá ông voiVietnamese
- hivalüt, jivalüt, hivalütül, jivalütül, valüt, valütülVolapük
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