Definition of "whole" []

  • Containing all components; complete: a whole wardrobe for the tropics. (adjective)
  • Not divided or disjoined; in one unit: a whole loaf. (adjective)
  • Constituting the full amount, extent, or duration: The baby cried the whole trip home. (adjective)
  • Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt: Many escaped the fire frightened but whole. (adjective)
  • Having been restored; healed: After the treatment he felt whole. (adjective)
  • Containing all the component parts necessary to form a total; complete (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Constituting the full quantity, extent, etc (adjective)
  • Uninjured or undamaged (adjective)
  • Healthy (adjective)
  • Having no fractional or decimal part; integral (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parents; full (adjective)
  • In an undivided or unbroken piece (adverb)
  • All the parts, elements, etc, of a thing (noun)
  • An assemblage of parts viewed together as a unit (noun)
  • A thing complete in itself (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "whole" in a sentence
  • "Rule, it being but _two whole Notes_ from the next _half Note_ to it; the reason is this, the _Ninth_ is one _whole Note_ below the _Eighth_, therefore the 2 must be a _whole Note_ below the _Treble_, otherwise they would not be a true _Eighth_, therefore the _half Note_ is put between 2 and 3."
  • "This principle is as follows: _government, as the representative of the will of the whole people, should in general, attempt the regulation, or control, of industrial matters only to benefit the people as a whole_."
  • "According to metaphysic, the perception of matter is not the whole given fact with which we have to deal in working out this problem -- (it is not the whole given fact; for, as we have said, our apprehension of, or participation in, the perception of matter -- this is the whole given fact); -- but the perception of matter is the _whole objective_ part of the given fact."