What does whole mean?

Definitions for whole
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wholenoun

    all of something including all its component elements or parts

    "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"

  2. whole, unitadjective

    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"

  3. wholeadjective

    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"

  4. wholeadjective

    (of siblings) having the same parents

    "whole brothers and sisters"

  5. unharmed, unhurt, unscathed, wholeadjective

    not injured

  6. hale, wholeadjective

    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

    "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"

  7. solid, unanimous, wholeadverb

    acting together as a single undiversified whole

    "a solid voting bloc"

  8. wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, wholeadverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. wholenoun

    Something complete, without any parts missing.

  2. wholenoun

    An entirety.

  3. wholeadverb

    in entirety; entirely; wholly

    I ate a fish whole!

  4. wholeadjective

    entire.

    I ate a whole fish.

  5. wholeadjective

    sound, uninjured, healthy.

    He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.

  6. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wholeadjective

    Etymology: walg , Saxon; heal, Dutch.

    Burn the whole ram upon the altar. Ex. xxix. 18.

    All the whole army stood agaz’d at him. William Shakespeare.

    Fierce extremes,
    Contiguous might distemper the whole frame. John Milton.

    Anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. 2 Sa. i. 9.

    When they had done circumcising all the people, they abode in the camp, till they were whole. Jos. v. 8.

  2. Wholenoun

    The totality; no part omitted; the complex of all the parts.

    Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man. Ecclesiastes.

    Begin with sense, of ev’ry art the soul;
    Parts answering parts, shall slide into a whole. Alexander Pope.

    It contained the whole of religion amongst the antients; and made philosophy more agreeable. William Broome.

    There is a metaphysical whole, when the essence of a thing is said to consist of two parts, the genus and the difference, i.e. the general and the special nature, which, being joined together, make up a definition. Isaac Watts, Logick.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wholeadjective

    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

  2. Wholeadjective

    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

  3. Wholeadjective

    possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well

  4. Wholenoun

    the entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself

  5. Wholenoun

    a regular combination of parts; a system

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whole

    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).]

Editors Contribution

  1. whole

    Having the complete element or facet.

    The whole business is represented at the management meeting and it is so clear teamwork and unity makes the plan work.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #447

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Written Corpus Frequency: #377

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Nouns Frequency: #500

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Adjectives Frequency: #47

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whole in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of whole in a Sentence

  1. Naomi Ruth Barber King:

    So I was brought up my whole life … to forgive … and to love, martin Luther King said, ‘I’ve decided to stick with love' … He said that hate [was] too difficult a burden to bear.

  2. Corey Knowlton:

    At this point, the whole world knows about this hunt and I think it's extremely important that people know it's going down the right way, in the most scientific way that it can possibly happen.

  3. Vladimir Putin:

    We all remember what happened with Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein children were killed, I think Saddam Hussein grandson was shot, the whole country was destroyed and Saddam Hussein was hanged... We all know how this happened and people in North Korea remember well what happened in Iraq.

  4. Orlando Brown:

    I've been in jail for a whole month and every day in jail is two days, nobody cared about me. How do you think I feel?

  5. Kemal Kilicdaroglu:

    I am sure there are many who won't sleep comfortably in their beds tonight, they will hang out all the dirty laundry, and this way we will learn the whole truth.

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