1. any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero;

- Example: "an integer is a number that is not a fraction"

[syn: integer, whole number]

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]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

whole number n 1: any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero; "an integer is a number that is not a fraction" [syn: integer, whole number]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

integer whole number(Or "whole number") One of the numbers in the set ..., -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, ... There are an infinite number of integers, though each one is finite. An inductive definition of an integer is a number that is either zero or an integer plus or minus one. An integer has no fractional part. If written as a real number, e.g. 42.0, the part after the decimal point will be zero. A natural number is a non-negative integer. Computers usually store integers in binary. Natural numbers can be stored as unsigned integers and integers that may be negative require a sign bit and typically use twos complement representation. Other representations have been used, such as binary-coded decimal. (2002-04-07)