As whole

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
in general


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.).

whole (hōl)

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 hog
whole kit and caboodle, the
whole megillah
whole new ballgame, a
whole nine yards, the
whole shebang

also see:

as a whole
go whole hog
on the whole
out of whole cloth

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