Hypertext Webster Gateway: "whole"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Whole \Whole\, a. [OE. hole, hol, hal, hool, AS. h[=a]l well,
sound, healthy; akin to OFries. & OS. h?l, D. heel, G. heil,
Icel. heill, Sw. hel whole, Dan. heel, Goth. hails well,
sound, OIr. c?l augury. Cf. {Hale}, {Hail} to greet, {Heal}
to cure, {Health}, {Holy}.]
1. 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. ``On their whole host I flew unarmed.''

The whole race of mankind. --Shak.

2. 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.

My life is yet whole in me. --2 Sam. i. 9.

3. Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness;
healthy; sound; well.

[She] findeth there her friends hole and sound.

They that be whole need not a physician. --Matt. ix.

When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.

{Whole blood}. (Law of Descent) See under {Blood}, n., 2.

{Whole note} (Mus.), the note which represents a note of
longest duration in common use; a semibreve.

{Whole number} (Math.), a number which is not a fraction or
mixed number; an integer.

{Whole snipe} (Zo["o]l.), the common snipe, as distinguished
from the smaller jacksnipe. [Prov. Eng.]

Syn: All; total; complete; entire; integral; undivided;
uninjured; unimpaired; unbroken; healthy.

Usage: {Whole}, {Total}, {Entire}, {Complete}. When we use
the word whole, we refer to a thing as made up of
parts, none of which are wanting; as, a whole week; a
whole year; the whole creation. When we use the word
total, we have reference to all as taken together, and
forming a single totality; as, the total amount; the
total income. When we speak of a thing as entire, we
have no reference to parts at all, but regard the
thing as an integer, i. e., continuous or unbroken;
as, an entire year; entire prosperity. When we speak
of a thing as complete, there is reference to some
progress which results in a filling out to some end or
object, or a perfected state with no deficiency; as,
complete success; a complete victory.

All the whole army stood agazed on him. --Shak.

One entire and perfect chrysolite. --Shak.

Lest total darkness should by night regain Her
old possession, and extinguish life. --Milton.

So absolute she seems, And in herself complete.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Whole \Whole\, n.
1. The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts;
totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a
thing complete in itself.

``This not the whole of life to live, Nor all of
death to die. --J.

2. A regular combination of parts; a system.

Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.

{Committee of the whole}. See under {Committee}.

{Upon the whole}, considering all things; taking everything
into account; in view of all the circumstances or

Syn: Totality; total; amount; aggregate; gross.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: 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" [ant: {fractional}]
2: (of siblings) having the same parents; "whole brothers and
sisters" [ant: {half}]
3: exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; "hale and
hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"
[syn: {hale}]
n 1: all of something including all its component elements or
parts; "Europe as a whole"; "the whole of American
2: an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;
"how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the
repairman simply replaced the unit" [syn: {whole thing}, {unit}]
adv : 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") [syn: {wholly}, {entirely},
{completely}, {totally}, {all}, {altogether}] [ant: {partly}]

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