What does whole mean?

Definitions for whole
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word whole.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whole(noun)

    all of something including all its component elements or parts

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

  2. whole, unit(adj)

    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. whole(adj)

    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. whole(adj)

    (of siblings) having the same parents

    "whole brothers and sisters"

  5. unharmed, unhurt, unscathed, whole(adj)

    not injured

  6. hale, whole(adj)

    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

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

  7. solid, unanimous, whole(adverb)

    acting together as a single undiversified whole

    "a solid voting bloc"

  8. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. whole(Noun)

    Something complete, without any parts missing.

    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.

  2. whole(Noun)

    An entirety.

    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.

  3. whole(Adverb)

    in entirety; entirely; wholly

    I ate a fish whole!

    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.

  4. whole(Adjective)

    entire.

    I ate a whole fish.

    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.

  5. whole(Adjective)

    sound, uninjured, healthy.

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

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whole(adj)

    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. Whole(adj)

    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. Whole(adj)

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

  4. Whole(noun)

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

  5. Whole(noun)

    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  

British National Corpus

  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. Pascal Perrineau:

    The whole theme of the last three days - the fact that most of the assassins came from immigration to France, the failures of security surveillance and judicial follow-up - plays into the hands of the FN, sometimes contamination with the National Front's discourse goes as high as the president. He talked about closing borders and stripping dual nationals of their citizenship.

  2. Alamos CEO John McCluskey:

    In six and a half years, the whole focus of this area will be to replant. And in a decade, maybe a bit more than that, it will look like a forest again.

  3. Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast:

    If Canada is not part of the TPP, our whole auto industry will be at risk, because we will lose lots of opportunities to expand our markets within the Asia-Pacific region … we are looking to include clauses that would safeguard our industry.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    Any rational person responds to a change in circumstances. What's changed? We've seen a whole number of employers abusing the program, no. 1, bringing in people who are not high-skilled, bringing in medium- and low-skilled (information technology) workers and then firing American workers and, adding insult to injury, forcing the American workers to train their foreign replacements.

  5. Jill Barret:

    When they first got married, they started flipping these little houses and that's sort of how they got into these whole business, joanna had this dream of opening this little store, so Chip said, ‘ I want you to follow this dream...' so she did [ and ] they opened a little store called Magnolia.

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