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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stallion, entireadjective

    uncastrated adult male horse

  2. entire, full, totaladjective

    constituting the full quantity or extent; complete

    "an entire town devastated by an earthquake"; "gave full attention"; "a total failure"

  3. integral, entire, intactadjective

    constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged

    "a local motion keepeth bodies integral"- Bacon; "was able to keep the collection entire during his lifetime"; "fought to keep the union intact"

  4. entireadjective

    (of leaves or petals) having a smooth edge; not broken up into teeth or lobes

  5. entire, intactadjective

    (used of domestic animals) sexually competent

    "an entire horse"


  1. entirenoun

    An uncastrated horse; a stallion.

  2. entirenoun

    A complete envelope with stamps and all official markings: (prior to the use of envelopes) a page folded and posted.

  3. entireadjective

    whole; complete

    We had the entire building to ourselves for the evening.

  4. entireadjective

    Having a smooth margin without any indentation.

  5. entireadjective

    Complex-differentiable on all of .

  6. entireadjective

    Not gelded.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ENTIREadjective

    Etymology: entier, French; integer, Latin.

    It is not safe to divide, but to extol the entire, still in general. Francis Bacon, Collection of Good and Evil.

    An antique model of the famous Laocoon is the more remarkable, as it is entire in those parts where the statue is maimed. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Water and earth, composed of old worn particles and fragments of particles, would not be of the same nature and texture now with water and earth composed of entire particles in the beginning. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    The church of Rome hath rightly also considered that publick prayer is a duty entire in itself, a duty requisite to be performed much oftener than sermons can possibly be made. Hook.

    Love’s not love,
    When it is mingled with regards that stand
    Aloof from th’ entire point. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    An action is entire when it is complete in all its parts; or, as Aristotle describes it, when it consists of a beginning, a middle, and an end. Spectator, №. 267.

    He run a course more entire with the king of Arragon, but more laboured and officious with the king of Castile. Francis Bacon.

    Entire and sure the monarch’s rule must prove,
    Who founds her greatness on her subjects love. Matthew Prior.

    Wrath shall be no more
    Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire. John Milton, P. Lost.

    No man had ever a heart more entire to the king, the church, or his country; but he never studied the easiest ways those ends. Edward Hyde.

    They had many persons, of whose entire affections they were well assured. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Then back to fight again, new breathed and entire. F. Q.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entireadjective

    complete in all parts; undivided; undiminished; whole; full and perfect; not deficient; as, the entire control of a business; entire confidence, ignorance

  2. Entireadjective

    without mixture or alloy of anything; unqualified; morally whole; pure; faithful

  3. Entireadjective

    consisting of a single piece, as a corolla

  4. Entireadjective

    having an evenly continuous edge, as a leaf which has no kind of teeth

  5. Entireadjective

    not gelded; -- said of a horse

  6. Entireadjective

    internal; interior

  7. Entirenoun


  8. Entirenoun

    a name originally given to a kind of beer combining qualities of different kinds of beer


  1. Entire

    In animal fancy and animal husbandry, entire indicates an animal has not been desexed, i.e., spayed or neutered. Animals are desexed for selective breeding purposes. Males may also be neutered in order to make them more tractable or meatier. A specialized vocabulary has arisen for neutered animals of given species. Except where a desexed pet is desirable, entire animals usually fetch much higher prices than castrated ones, mostly because they retain the ability to breed. There are various health effects of the decision to leave an animal intact, or to castrate it. Leaving a female animal intact may lead to such complications as ovarian cysts, uterine infections such as pyometra, and cancer of the reproductive tract. In small animals such as dogs and cats, the ovaries and uterus are removed eliminating the possibility of disease in these organs. By de-sexing or spaying the female, the animal is surgically sterilized and cannot get pregnant; this however, may lead to weight gain in the pet and may not be able to burn as many calories in their daily activities. This can be avoided by reducing the food intake once the female has been surgically sterilized to prevent unnecessary weight gain. In addition to a reduced caloric intake, increasing the animals daily physical activity once recovered from surgery will help reduce the chance of weight gain after being de-sexed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Entire

    en-tīr′, adj. whole: complete: unmingled: not castrated, specially of a horse.—n. the whole: completeness: a stallion: porter or stout as delivered from the brewery.—adv. Entire′ly.—ns. Entire′ness, Entire′ty, completeness: the whole.—In its entirety, in its completeness. [O. Fr. entier—L. integer, whole, from in, not, tangĕre, to touch.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. entire

    A line of men in one continued row by the side of each other. When behind each other, they are said to be in file.

Editors Contribution

  1. entire

    The total or complete amount.

    The entire poplulation is delighted with joy at the release of Nazanie Zaghari Ratcliffe.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Entire

    A word still to be met with on old tavern signs. It meant different qualities of ale or beer drawn from one cask.


  1. Entire

    with an even unbroken margin: said of wings when they are not divided or cut into.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entire' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2120

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entire' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3712

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entire' in Adjectives Frequency: #281

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entire in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of entire in a Sentence

  1. Dermot Shea:

    It's been complicated. I don't think it's always been the healthiest relationship, but he's done also – you have to take a look at the entire equation. Any time – you know, ‘ 14, ‘ 15, ‘ 16, ‘ 17, all those years – any time Nassau County Police Department needed anything, we got [ it ], now unfortunately, we have the same opposite happened in the last couple of years. But resources for training, resources for new bullet-resistant vests … all of that cost money and all of that money came from council, the mayor.

  2. Kathy Campbell:

    There was no reason that we could identify as to why the Kasai surgery wouldn’t work, it’s always devastating to our entire team when we feel like everything has been done correctly, and still we’re faced with a failed Kasai and a 3-month-old infant who now is going to need a liver transplant before they’re a year of age.

  3. Nigel Purvis:

    Climate change creates material risks for U.S. financial institutions and by extension the entire U.S. economy, other financial regulators, including the Bank of England, are climate proofing their financial sectors by requiring climate disclosures and more active management of climate risks.  The Fed should do the same.

  4. Anthony Cordesman:

    You have to work out the entire engagement structure before the first missile is ever launched.

  5. Melanie Coburn:

    They're all traumatized. It's just more anxiety-producing evidence that very private, compromising content was circulating not just amongst our team but apparently the entire NFL. So it's been an emotional 24 hours, to say the least.

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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. recital
    • B. germ
    • C. ignominy
    • D. elan

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