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.

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