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.
All parts or aspects considered, altogether, as in I like the play as a whole, though the second act seemed somewhat slow. [ Early 1800s ]
Also see: on the whole
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 a rule
a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement, etc.: the rules of chess. the code of regulations observed by a religious order or congregation: the Franciscan rule. the customary or normal circumstance, occurrence, manner, practice, quality, etc.: the rule rather than the exception. control, government, or dominion: under the rule of a dictator. tenure […]
as above: a formula in judicial acts, directing that what precedes be reviewed. abbreviation ubi supra ut supra abbreviation for United States, attested from 1834. Latin ubi supra (where mentioned above) Latin ut supra (as above) Uncle Sam united service United States
Commerce. the break-even point. Chiefly British. a method or maneuver used to escape a difficult or embarrassing situation; cop-out: The scoundrel has used that get-out once too often. as all get-out, Informal. in the extreme; to the utmost degree: Once his mind is made up, he can be stubborn as all get-out. Historical Examples D’ […]
- As all getout
Commerce. the break-even point. Chiefly British. a method or maneuver used to escape a difficult or embarrassing situation; cop-out: The scoundrel has used that get-out once too often. as all get-out, Informal. in the extreme; to the utmost degree: Once his mind is made up, he can be stubborn as all get-out. to indicate a […]