Whole

Definition of Whole

a.1.
1.Containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire; as, the whole earth; the whole solar system; the whole army; the whole nation.
The whole race of mankind.
- Shak.
2.Complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral; as, a whole orange; the egg is whole; the vessel is whole.
My life is yet whole in me.
- 2 Sam. i. 9.
3.Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.
[She] findeth there her friends hole and sound.
- Chaucer.
They that be whole need not a physician.
- Matt. ix. 12.
When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.
- Tennyson.
Whole blood
(Law of Descent) See under Blood, n., 2.
Whole note
(Mus.) the note which represents a note of longest duration in common use; a semibreve.
Whole number
(Math.) a number which is not a fraction or mixed number; an integer.
Whole snipe
(Zool.) the common snipe, as distinguished from the smaller jacksnipe.
All the whole army stood agazed on him.
- Shak.
One entire and perfect chrysolite.
- Shak.
So absolute she seems,
And in herself complete.
- Milton.
n.1.The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.
"This not the whole of life to live,
Nor all of death to die.
- J. Montgomery.
2.A regular combination of parts; a system.
Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
- Pope.
Committee of the whole
See under Committee.
Upon the whole
considering all things; taking everything into account; in view of all the circumstances or conditions.

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