whole


From 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.]
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   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.
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            The whole race of mankind.            --Shak.
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   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.
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            My life is yet whole in me.           --2 Sam. i. 9.
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   3. Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness;
      healthy; sound; well.
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            [She] findeth there her friends hole and sound.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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            They that be whole need not a physician. --Matt. ix.
                                                  12.
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            When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.
                                                  --Tennyson.
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   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.]
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   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.
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                All the whole army stood agazed on him. --Shak.
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                One entire and perfect chrysolite. --Shak.
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                Lest total darkness should by night regain
                Her old possession, and extinguish life.
                                                  --Milton.
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                So absolute she seems,
                And in herself complete.          --Milton.
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From 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.
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            This not the whole of life to live,
            Nor all of death to die.              --J.
                                                  Montgomery.
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   2. A regular combination of parts; a system.
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            Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
                                                  --Pope.
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   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.
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   Syn: Totality; total; amount; aggregate; gross.
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