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Definitions of whole

  1. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent; " 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"; (` whole' is often used informally for ` wholly' as in" a whole new idea")
  2. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; " hale and hearty"; " whole in mind and body"; " a whole person again"
  3. 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"
  4. all of something including all its component elements or parts; " Europe as a whole"; " the whole of American literature"
  5. 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"
  6. ( of siblings) having the same parents; " whole brothers and sisters"
  7. all of something including all its component elements or parts; " Europe considered as a whole"; " the whole of American literature"
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.
  11. The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.
  12. A regular combination of parts; a system.
  13. Sound; healthy.
  14. Containing all the parts; complete; entire; not defective or broken; hale and sound in body; intact; not fractional: said of a number.
  15. All the parts of something taken together; a total; the sum of all the parts.
  16. Wholeness.
  17. Sound, as in health ( so in B.): unimpaired: containing the total amount, number, etc.: all: not defective: complete.
  18. The entire thing: a system or combination of parts.
  19. All; entire; complete: sound.
  20. The entire thing; totality.
  21. Containing all; entire; total; complete.
  22. The sum total of all the parts or elements of anything; totality.
  23. Containing the total amount or number or the entire thing; all; total; complete; not defective or imperfect; not impaired, injured, or broken; sound; not hurt or sick; restored to health and soundness.
  24. The entire thing; the entire or total assemblage of parts; a system; a regular combination of parts; aggregate. Whole- blood, a kinsman derived from the same couple of ancestors, as distinguished from half- blood. Whole- hoofed, having the hoof undivided, as in the horse.
  25. Entire; unbroken; sound; in good health; containing the total amount; not defective.
  26. The total; the entire thing.
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Quotes of whole

  1. It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for- the whole thing- rather than just one or two stars. – David Attenborough
  2. When your whole system, your whole civilized system goes down, this is pretty much what you get left with. We have no communications, no running water, no electricity, no real help. – Kathleen Blanco
  3. In 1995 the whole political situation was very complicated. I was the first deputy prime minister, and at the same time I had very low influence in the government. – Anatoly Chubais
  4. It was the desire to do the complete thing. I only took taking acting lessons because my whole thing, really, was to direct. But my first jobs were acting jobs. – James Coburn
  5. I was in love with the whole world and all that lived in its rainy arms. – Louise Erdrich
  6. Why the hell can't people just write nice happy stories about people having happy sex? That's what I want, and I bet a whole bunch of other people want it too. – Phil Foglio
  7. I believe that it is a whole lifetime of work on Shakespeare's part that enabled him to do what he did. But the question is how you can explain this whole lifetime in such a way to make it accessible and available to us, to me. – Stephen Greenblatt
  8. You kind of invite a little spooky, creepy vibe into your whole experience of making a movie. – Bruce Greenwood
  9. I have never sung a whole song on my own before and I am not the best dancer in the world, but I would rather try and fall than not not try at all. – Geri Halliwell
  10. You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone. – Toni Morrison
  11. People come from a certain generation and a certain whole way of looking at things, and you really do become a prisoner of your own world. – Matthew Shipp
  12. Nor was it only from the millions of slaves that chains had been removed; the whole nation had been in bondage; free speech had been suppressed. – Matthew Simpson
  13. She's a very charismatic character, and she holds the whole play together. – Neil Tennant
  14. I had such a nice time making it, and I can't wait to make the fifth one. The whole crew were just really, really lovely. All the costume people, the make -up girls, the kids- even my driver. – David Thewlis
  15. The Long and the Short and the Tall made a great impression on me because it was a very ugly tale about the reality of soldiering at a time when we were being gung -ho about the whole thing of war. – Timothy West

Usage examples for whole

  1. " Yes, on the whole yes. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  2. " I know the whole business, Heman," went on the captain. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  3. I never asked you to do that- to go off with me for a whole day. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  4. He made the whole thing! – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  5. On the whole he was glad of it. – Berenice by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. There must be enough ice in there for the whole world! – Daddy Takes Us Skating by Howard R. Garis
  7. It's one whole lot better than when I began. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  8. In fact, the whole thing is a mistake. – Prince Fortunatus by William Black
  9. And that, I guess, is about the whole story." – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  10. He's dead, as ye well know, the whole of ye. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  11. Give me at least one whole day." – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  12. It was not the whole truth, but Cynthia could not bring herself to write of that other reason. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. That's the whole story, I believe." – April Hopes by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  14. If I could only make the whole world happy, as happy as I am! – Landolin by Berthold Auerbach
  15. I want to talk to you about a whole day! – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  16. That is really the whole of it. – Taken by the Enemy by Oliver Optic
  17. I will tell you the whole story of my life, now. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  18. You must put off the whole thing for a time. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  19. Chevassat had the whole night and next morning. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  20. You had better tell the whole truth to me now. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees

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