1. all of something including all its component elements or parts;
- Example: "Europe considered as a whole"
- Example: "the whole of American literature"
2. an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;
- Example: "how big is that part compared to the whole?"
- Example: "the team is a unit"
[syn: whole, unit]
1. including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete;
- Example: "gave his whole attention"
- Example: "a whole wardrobe for the tropics"
- Example: "the whole hog"
- Example: "a whole week"
- Example: "the baby cried the whole trip home"
- Example: "a whole loaf of bread"
2. (of siblings) having the same parents;
- Example: "whole brothers and sisters"
3. not injured;
[syn: unharmed, unhurt, unscathed, whole]
4. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health;
- Example: "hale and hearty"
- Example: "whole in mind and body"
- Example: "a whole person again"
[syn: hale, whole]
5. acting together as a single undiversified whole;
- Example: "a solid voting bloc"
[syn: solid, unanimous, whole]
1. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly');
- Example: "he was wholly convinced"
- Example: "entirely satisfied with the meal"
- Example: "it was completely different from what we expected"
- Example: "was completely at fault"
- Example: "a totally new situation"
- Example: "the directions were all wrong"
- Example: "it was not altogether her fault"
- Example: "an altogether new approach"
- Example: "a whole new idea"
[syn: wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, whole]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] This not the whole of life to live, Nor all of death to die. --J. Montgomery. [1913 Webster] 2. A regular combination of parts; a system. [1913 Webster] Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Committee of the whole. See under Committee. Upon the whole, considering all things; taking everything into account; in view of all the circumstances or conditions. [1913 Webster] Syn: Totality; total; amount; aggregate; gross. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.] [1913 Webster] 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." --Milton. [1913 Webster] The whole race of mankind. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] My life is yet whole in me. --2 Sam. i. 9. [1913 Webster] 3. Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well. [1913 Webster] [She] findeth there her friends hole and sound. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] They that be whole need not a physician. --Matt. ix. 12. [1913 Webster] When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 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 (Zool.), the common snipe, as distinguished from the smaller jacksnipe. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] All the whole army stood agazed on him. --Shak. [1913 Webster] One entire and perfect chrysolite. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Lest total darkness should by night regain Her old possession, and extinguish life. --Milton. [1913 Webster] So absolute she seems, And in herself complete. --Milton. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
236 Moby Thesaurus words for "whole": a certain, absolute, account, across-the-board, admissibility, admission, admitting no exception, aggregate, all, all hands, all the world, all-comprehensive, all-embracing, all-inclusive, all-out, amount, amplitude, an, any, any one, assimilation, atomic, be-all and end-all, being, blanket, box score, bulk, bunkum, cast, categorical, census, clear, coherence, cohesion, compendious, complete, completeness, composition, comprehension, comprehensive, comprehensiveness, comprisal, concentrated, conclusive, constituents, content, contents, count, coverage, decided, decisive, definite, definitive, determinate, developed, difference, divisions, downright, either, elements, eligibility, embodiment, embracement, encompassment, encyclopedic, entire, entirety, entity, envisagement, every man Jack, everybody, everyone, exclusive, exhaustive, exhaustiveness, explicit, express, extent, final, fit, fixed, flat, flat-out, flawless, force, full, full-fledged, full-grown, full-scale, global, good, gross, guts, hale, healthy, holistic, implicit, inappealable, inclusion, inclusive, inclusiveness, incorporation, index, indisputable, individual, indivisible, ingredients, innards, insides, intact, integral, integrate, integrated, inventory, irreducible, items, linkage, list, lone, magnitude, mass, matter, mature, matured, measure, measurement, membership, monadic, monistic, number, numbers, omnibus, one, one and all, one and indivisible, openness, orbicular, organism, organization, out-and-out, outright, over-all, panoramic, part, participation, parts, peremptory, perfect, plenary, positive, product, quantity, quantum, reception, reckoning, result, resultant, right, ripe, round, rounded, sane, score, simple, single, singular, sole, solid, solitary, sound, straight, straight-out, strength, substance, sum, sum total, summation, supply, sweeping, synoptic, system, tale, tally, the bottom line, the story, the whole story, tolerance, toleration, total, totality, tote, tout le monde, unabbreviated, unanalyzable, unblemished, unbroken, uncircumscribed, unconditional, unconditioned, uncut, undamaged, undiminished, undistracted, undivided, undoubting, unequivocal, unexpurgated, unhampered, unhesitating, unhurt, uniform, unimpaired, uninjured, unique, unitary, unity, universal, unlimited, unmarred, unmistakable, unmitigated, unqualified, unquestioning, unreserved, unrestricted, unswerving, untouched, unwaivable, utter, well, well-rounded, wholesome, without exception, without omission, without reserve, x number