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. "On their whole host I flew unarmed." "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.
Whole, Total, Entire, Complete. When we use the word whole, we refer to a thing as made up of parts, none of which are wanting; as, a whole week; a whole year; the whole creation. When we use the word total, we have reference to all as taken together, and forming a single totality; as, the total amount; the total income. When we speak of a thing as entire, we have no reference to parts at all, but regard the thing as an integer, i. E, continuous or unbroken; as, an entire year; entire prosperity. When we speak of a thing as complete, there is reference to some progress which results in a filling out to some end or object, or a perfected state with no deficiency; as, complete success; a complete victory. "All the whole army stood agazed on him." (Shak) "One entire and perfect chrysolite." (Shak) "Lest total darkness should by night regain Her old possession, and extinguish life." (Milton) "So absolute she seems, And in herself complete." (Milton)
Origin: OE. Hole, hol, hal, hool, AS. Hal well, sound, healthy; akin to OFries. & OS. Hl, D. Heel, G. Heil, Icel. Heill, Sw. Hel whole, Dan. Heel, Goth. Hails well, sound, OIr. Cl augury. Cf. Hale, Hail to greet, Heal to cure, Health, Holy.
(01 Mar 1998)
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