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whole   WordNet 2.0

- 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"

 
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- all of something including all its component elements or parts
"Europe considered as a whole"
"the whole of American literature"

 
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- 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 hom

 
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- (of siblings) having the same parents
"whole brothers and sisters"

 
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- exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
"hale and hearty"
"whole in mind and body"
"a whole person again"

 
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- to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole'' is often used informally for `wholly'')
"he was wholly convinced"
"entirely satisfied with the meal"
"it was completely different from what we expected"
"was completely at fault"
"a total

 
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Whole   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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.

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
(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.

 
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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. Montgomery.

2. A regular combination of parts; a system.

"Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole." -- Pope.

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.

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

 
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