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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)

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.

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."