all of something including all its component elements or parts
"Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"
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"
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"
(of siblings) having the same parents
"whole brothers and sisters"
unharmed, unhurt, unscathed, whole(adj)
exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
"hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"
solid, unanimous, whole(adverb)
acting together as a single undiversified whole
"a solid voting bloc"
wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, whole(adverb)
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"
Something complete, without any parts missing.
in entirety; entirely; wholly
I ate a fish whole!
I ate a whole fish.
sound, uninjured, healthy.
He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.
Origin: From hool, from hal, from hailaz (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from kóhₐilus, coel 'omen', Breton kel 'omen, mention', Old Prussian kails 'healthy', Albanian gjallë 'alive, unhurt', Old Church Slavonic cĕlŭ 'healthy, unhurt', Ancient Greek koîlu 'good'). Related to hale, health, and heal.
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
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
possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well
the entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself
a regular combination of parts; a system
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hōl, adj. sound, as in health (so in B.): unimpaired: containing the total amount, number, &c.: all: not defective: complete: in mining, as yet unworked.—n. the entire thing: a system or combination of parts.—adv. wholly.—adjs. Whole′-col′oured, all of one colour; Whole′-foot′ed (coll.) unreserved; Whole′-heart′ed, -souled, noble: hearty, generous; Whole′-hoofed, having undivided hoof; Whole′-length, giving the whole figure, as a portrait: full-length.—n. a portrait or statue giving the whole figure.—ns. Whole′ness; Whole′sāle, sale of goods by the whole piece or large quantity.—adj. buying and selling in large quantities: extensive.—n. Whole′sāler, one who sells by wholesale.—adjs. Whole′-skinned, having an unbroken skin: unhurt: safe in reputation; Whole′some, healthy: sound: salutary: (Shak.) prosperous.—adv. Whole′somely.—ns. Whole′someness; Whole′-stitch, a lace-making stitch used in filling.—adv. Wholly (hō′li), completely, altogether.—n. Wholth, wholeness, soundness.—Whole number, a unit, or a number composed of units, an integral number.—Upon, On, the whole, generally speaking, to sum up.—With whole skin, safe, unscathed. [A.S. hál, healthy; Ice. heill, Ger. heil. By-form hale (1).]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #447
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Written Corpus Frequency: #377
Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Nouns Frequency: #500
Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Adjectives Frequency: #47
The numerical value of whole in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of whole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
There are no whole truths all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
I think the life experience helps some but ultimately it’s learning a whole new trade, a whole new craft re-teaching yourself to see things in a whole new way than you are used to seeing them.
If you are really looking into whole-grain consumption with other diseases, stroke, heart disease and colorectal cancer, whole grains are consistently associated with [a] lower risk of those diseases.
Things just fit together -- there was no real working stuff out. The whole thing was very easy. The families knew each other, I knew her brothers, I knew her sisters, she knows my whole family and everything just worked out.
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Translations for whole
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- كامل, كلArabic
- цэлы, поўныBelarusian
- цял, цяла, цялоBulgarian
- tot, totalitatCatalan, Valencian
- celek, úplný, celýCzech
- цѣлъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- holl, cyfanWelsh
- hel, hele, helhedDanish
- ganz, GanzeGerman
- πλήρης, όλοGreek
- entero, totalidad, todoSpanish
- täysin, kokonaan, kokonainen, kokoFinnish
- totalité, entier, ensembleFrench
- hielWestern Frisian
- go léir, iomlánIrish
- ամբողջությամբ, ամբողջություն, սաղ, ողջ, ամբողջArmenian
- heild, heillIcelandic
- tutto, interoItalian
- 全体, 全体をJapanese
- 全體, 전체Korean
- tōtus, integer, totumLatin
- vesels, veselais, viss, veselumsLatvian
- hel, helhet, heltNorwegian
- cały, całkowicie, całośćPolish
- inteiro, todo, integralPortuguese
- întreg, total, tot, totalitateRomanian
- целиком, полный, целое, целый, полностьюRussian
- ceo, цеоSerbo-Croatian
- úplný, celýSlovak
- celota, celSlovene
- helt, helhet, helSwedish
- цілий, повнийUkrainian
- toàn bộ, toàn thể, 全部, 全體Vietnamese
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