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.
"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." -- Chaucer.
"They that be whole need not a physician." -- Matt. ix. 12.
"When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole." -- Tennyson.
(Law of Descent) See under Blood, n., 2.
(Mus.), the note which represents a note of longest duration in common use; a semibreve.
(Math.), a number which is not a fraction or mixed number; an integer.
(Zoöl.), the common snipe, as distinguished from the smaller jacksnipe. [Prov. Eng.]
Syn. -- All; total; complete; entire; integral; undivided; uninjured; unimpaired; unbroken; healthy. -- 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." -- Milton.