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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. entire.
  • adj. sound, uninjured, healthy.
  • adj. From which none of its constituents has been removed.
  • adv. in entirety; entirely; wholly
  • n. Something complete, without any parts missing.
  • n. An entirety.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English hole, unharmed, from Old English hāl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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