- The definition of whole is something that is complete or the entire amount.
- An example of whole is a whole pie, a pie without any pieces cut from it.
- An example of whole is a being gone a whole year, being away from home for an entire year.
A whole cherry pie.
whole definition by Webster's New World
- in sound health; not diseased or injured
- Archaic healed: said of a wound
- not broken, damaged, defective, etc.; intact: a whole yolk
- containing all the elements or parts; entire; complete: a whole set, whole blood
- not divided up; in a single unit: a whole cheese
- constituting the entire amount, extent, number, etc.: the whole night
- having both parents in common: a whole brother
- in all aspects of one's being, including the physical, mental, social, etc.: the whole man
- Arith. integral and not mixed or fractional: 28 is a whole number
Origin: Middle English (Midland) hool, for hol, hal ; from Old English hal, healthy, whole, hale: akin to German heil, Old Norse heill ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kailo-, sound, uninjured, auspicious from source Welsh coel, omen
- the entire amount, quantity, extent, or sum; totality: the whole of the estate
- a thing complete in itself, or a complete organization of integrated parts; a unity, entirety, or system
- wholeness noun
whole definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Containing all components; complete: a whole wardrobe for the tropics.
- Not divided or disjoined; in one unit: a whole loaf.
- Constituting the full amount, extent, or duration: The baby cried the whole trip home.
- a. Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt: Many escaped the fire frightened but whole.b. Having been restored; healed: After the treatment he felt whole.
- Having the same parents: a whole sister.
- A number, group, set, or thing lacking no part or element; a complete thing.
- An entity or system made up of interrelated parts: The value of the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.
Origin: Middle English hole, unharmed, from Old English hāl; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
- wholeˈness noun
whole - Medical Definition
- Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt.
- Having been restored; healed.
whole - Phrases/Idioms
as a whole
a whole lot (or bunch, etc.) of
made out of whole clothâ
on the whole
as a whole
on the whole
- Considering everything: on the whole, a happy marriage.
- In most instances or cases; as a rule: can expect sunny weather, on the whole.