comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total:
He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance.
containing all the elements properly belonging; complete:
We have a whole set of antique china.
undivided; in one piece:
to swallow a thing whole.
Mathematics. integral, or not fractional.
not broken, damaged, or impaired; intact:
Thankfully, the vase arrived whole.
uninjured or unharmed; sound:
He was surprised to find himself whole after the crash.
pertaining to all aspects of human nature, especially one’s physical, intellectual, and spiritual development:
education for the whole person.
the whole assemblage of parts or elements belonging to a thing; the entire quantity, account, extent, or number:
He accepted some of the parts but rejected the whole.
a thing complete in itself, or comprising all its parts or elements.
an assemblage of parts associated or viewed together as one thing; a unitary system.
as a whole, all things included or considered; altogether:
As a whole, the relocation seems to have been beneficial.
on / upon the whole,
in view of all the circumstances; after consideration.
disregarding exceptions; in general:
On the whole, the neighborhood is improving.
out of whole cloth, without foundation in fact; fictitious:
a story made out of whole cloth.
containing all the component parts necessary to form a total; complete: a whole apple
constituting the full quantity, extent, etc
uninjured or undamaged
having no fractional or decimal part; integral: a whole number
of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parents; full: whole brothers
(US & Canadian, informal) out of whole cloth, entirely without a factual basis
in an undivided or unbroken piece: to swallow a plum whole
all the parts, elements, etc, of a thing
an assemblage of parts viewed together as a unit
a thing complete in itself
as a whole, considered altogether; completely
on the whole
taking all things into consideration
Old English hal “entire, unhurt, healthy,” from Proto-Germanic *khailaz “undamaged” (cf. Old Saxon hel, Old Norse heill, Old Frisian hal, Middle Dutch hiel, Dutch heel, Old High German, German heil “salvation, welfare”), from PIE *koilas (cf. Old Church Slavonic celu “whole, complete;” see health). The spelling with wh- developed early 15c. The sense in whole number is from early 14c. For phrase whole hog, see hog.
“entire body or company; the full amount,” late 14c., from whole (adj.).
Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt.
Having been restored; healed.
An entity or a system made up of interrelated parts.
whole ball of wax, the
whole kit and caboodle, the
whole new ballgame, a
whole nine yards, the
as a whole
go whole hog
on the whole
out of whole cloth
- As you like it
a comedy (1599?) by Shakespeare. A comedy by William Shakespeare. Most of the action takes place in the Forest of Arden, to which several members of a duke’s court have been banished. The speech “All the world’s a stage” is from As You Like It.
- As you please
However you wish, whatever you choose, as in We can have meat or fish tonight, as you please, or Go or don’t go—do as you please. This idiom was introduced about 1500 and inverted what was then the usual order, which was “as it pleases you.” Very, extremely, as in After winning the contract he […]
adjective, adverb (of a performance for a television programme) performed as though live but broadcast after a short delay to allow for the editing of mistakes, bad language, etc
as/400 computer An IBM minicomputer for small business and departmental users, released in 1988 and still in production in October 1998. Features include a menu-driven interface, multi-user support, terminals that are (in the grand IBM tradition) incompatible with anything else including the IBM 3270 series, and an extensive library-based operating system. The machine survives because […]