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Definitions for whale
ʰweɪl, weɪlwhale

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. giant, hulk, heavyweight, whale(noun)

    a very large person; impressive in size or qualities

  2. whale(verb)

    any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head

  3. whale(verb)

    hunt for whales


  1. whale(Noun)

    Any of several species of large sea mammals.

  2. whale(Noun)

    Something, or someone, that is very large.

  3. whale(Noun)

    (In a casino) a person who routinely bets at the maximum limit allowable.

  4. whale(Verb)

    To hunt for whales.

  5. whale(Verb)

    To flog, to beat.

  6. 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 ...).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whale(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [OE. whal, AS. hwl; akin to D. walvisch, G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval, hvalfisk. Cf. Narwhal, Walrus.]


  1. Whale

    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

  1. Whale

    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.]

  2. Whale

    hwāl, v.t. (slang) to thrash. [Form of wale.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whale

    A general term for various marine animals of the order Cetacea, including the most colossal of all animated beings. From their general form and mode of life they are frequently confounded with fish, from which, however, they differ essentially in their organization, as they are warm-blooded, ascend to the surface to breathe air, produce their young alive, and suckle them, as do the land mammalia. The cetacea are divided into two sections:--1. Those having horny plates, called baleen, or "whalebone," growing from the palate instead of teeth, and including the right whales and rorquals, or finners and hump-backs (see these terms). 2. Those having true teeth and no whalebone. To this group belong the sperm-whale, and the various forms of bottle-noses, black-fish, grampuses, narwhals, dolphins, porpoises, &c. To the larger species of many of these the term "whale" is often applied.

Editors Contribution

  1. whale

    A type of animal.

    Whales are marine animals.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'whale' in Nouns Frequency: #2492

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whale in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of whale in a Sentence

  1. Mackie Greene:

    They got the whale totally disentangled and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip, joe definitely would not want us to stop because of this.

  2. Kazuo Yamamura:

    In the past 30 years, all kinds of foods have come into Japan; there are so many things to eat, it's no longer a situation where if you produce lots of whale meat, you're going to make lots of money.

  3. Michael Moore:

    This will give us a new understanding of the relationship between whale body condition and health in the context of habitat quality.

  4. Dave Anderson:

    If no one can do anything the odds are good that that whale is going to die.

  5. Joergen Ree Wiig:

    The whale was really friendly, came up to us and started opening its mouth, checking us out, we were trying to talk to it. It was really friendly. It was seeking contact with us.

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