American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Containing all components; complete: a whole wardrobe for the tropics.
- adj. Not divided or disjoined; in one unit: a whole loaf.
- adj. Constituting the full amount, extent, or duration: The baby cried the whole trip home.
- adj. Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt: Many escaped the fire frightened but whole.
- adj. Having been restored; healed: After the treatment he felt whole.
- adj. Having the same parents: a whole sister.
- n. A number, group, set, or thing lacking no part or element; a complete thing.
- n. An entity or system made up of interrelated parts: The value of the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.
- adv. Informal Entirely; wholly: a whole new idea.
- idiom. as a whole All parts or aspects considered; altogether: disliked the acting but enjoyed the play as a whole.
- idiom. on the whole Considering everything: on the whole, a happy marriage.
- idiom. on the whole In most instances or cases; as a rule: can expect sunny weather, on the whole.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hale; healthy; sound; strong; well.
- Restored to a sound state; healed; made well.
- Unimpaired; uninjured: unbroken; intact: as, the dish is still whole; to get off with a whole skin.
- Entire; complete; without omission, reduction, diminution, etc.: as, a whole apple; the whole duty of man; to serve the Lord with one's whole heart; three whole days; the whole body.
- All; every part, unit, or member required to make up the aggregate: as, the whole city turned out to receive him.
- Without reserve; sincerely or entirely devoted.
- Unified; in harmony or accord; one.
- In mining. that part of a coal-seam in process of being worked in which the headings only have been driven, the rest remaining untouched, or before “working the broken” has begun.
- Synonyms and Entire, Total, etc. See complete.
- n. An entire thing; a thing complete in itself; the entire or total assemblage of parts; all of a thing without defect or exception.
- n. A complete system; a regular combination of parts; an organic unity.
- n. Synonyms Total, totality, entirety, amount, aggregate, gross, sum.
- Wholly; entirely.
- adj. entire.
- adj. sound, uninjured, healthy.
- adj. of food From which none of its constituents has been removed.
- adv. colloquial in entirety; entirely; wholly
- n. Something complete, without any parts missing.
- n. An entirety.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire.
- adj. Complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral.
- adj. Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.
- n. The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.
- n. A regular combination of parts; a system.
- adj. not injured
- adj. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
- adj. including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete.
- adj. acting together as a single undiversified whole
- adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
- n. an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
- adj. (of siblings) having the same parents
- n. all of something including all its component elements or parts
- From Middle English hool ("healthy, unhurt, whole"), from Old English hāl ("healthy, safe"), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, safe, sound”) (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus (“healthy, whole”), Welsh 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hole, unharmed, from Old English hāl. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Rule, it being but _two whole Notes_ from the next _half Note_ to it; the reason is this, the _Ninth_ is one _whole Note_ below the _Eighth_, therefore the 2 must be a _whole Note_ below the _Treble_, otherwise they would not be a true _Eighth_, therefore the _half Note_ is put between 2 and 3.”
“This principle is as follows: _government, as the representative of the will of the whole people, should in general, attempt the regulation, or control, of industrial matters only to benefit the people as a whole_.”
“According to metaphysic, the perception of matter is not the whole given fact with which we have to deal in working out this problem -- (it is not the whole given fact; for, as we have said, our apprehension of, or participation in, the perception of matter -- this is the whole given fact); -- but the perception of matter is the _whole objective_ part of the given fact.”
“The error of the opposite argument, is in assuming one thing, which, being denied, the whole fails; that is, it assumes that the _whole_ labor of the United States would be profitably employed without manufactures.”
“The Law secured to them the _whole of every seventh year; _ Lev.xxv. 3-6; thus giving to those who were servants during the entire period between the jubilees, _eight whole years, _ including the jubilee year, of unbroken rest.”
“The great thing in this war is to see the whole thing in proportion -- the _whole_ thing.”
“I used to think about dancing-school, and birthday parties, and rigging up, and summer fashions, and how many diamonds I'd have when I was married, and all that, the whole of the time, Peace — the _whole_ of it; then I got mad when my dresses didn't fit, and I used to strike Therése and Kate, if you'll believe it — when I was real angry that was.”
“It was a "mean old night" to the whole house; and when I say the _whole_ house, I mean both halves of it.”
“But it was unoccupied that he might fill a higher seat prepared, waiting for, and needing, not the undying part but the everlasting whole; for we are not _whole_ till we drop our dust!”
“Twelve dozen Martial,  whole and half," says Evelyn: -- were not _whole_”
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