from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Containing all components; complete.
  • adjective Not divided or disjoined; in one unit.
  • adjective Constituting the full amount, extent, or duration.
  • adjective Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt.
  • adjective Having been restored; healed.
  • adjective Having the same parents.
  • noun A number, group, set, or thing lacking no part or element; a complete thing.
  • noun An entity or system made up of interrelated parts.
  • adverb Entirely; wholly.
  • idiom (as a whole) All parts or aspects considered; altogether.
  • idiom (on the whole) Considering everything.
  • idiom (on the whole) In most instances or cases; as a rule.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wholly; entirely.
  • 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.
  • noun An entire thing; a thing complete in itself; the entire or total assemblage of parts; all of a thing without defect or exception.
  • noun A complete system; a regular combination of parts; an organic unity.
  • noun Synonyms Total, totality, entirety, amount, aggregate, gross, sum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.
  • noun A regular combination of parts; a system.
  • noun See under Committee.
  • noun considering all things; taking everything into account; in view of all the circumstances or conditions.
  • adjective Containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire
  • adjective Complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral
  • adjective Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.
  • adjective (Law of Descent) See under Blood, n., 2.
  • adjective (Mus.) the note which represents a note of longest duration in common use; a semibreve.
  • adjective (Math.) a number which is not a fraction or mixed number; an integer.
  • adjective (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] the common snipe, as distinguished from the smaller jacksnipe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective entire.
  • adjective sound, uninjured, healthy.
  • adjective of food From which none of its constituents has been removed.
  • adverb colloquial in entirety; entirely; wholly
  • noun Something complete, without any parts missing.
  • noun An entirety.

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

  • adjective not injured
  • adjective exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
  • adjective including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete
  • adjective acting together as a single undiversified whole
  • adverb to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
  • noun an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity


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

[Middle English hole, unharmed, from Old English hāl; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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