whole (comparative wholer, superlative wholest)
- Entire, undivided.
- I ate a whole fish.
- 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond ↗
- During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
- 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗, page 16 ↗:
- Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. […] He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
- Used as an intensifier.
- I brought a whole lot of balloons for the party. She ate a whole bunch of french fries.
- 2016, Rae Carson, Like a River Glorious, HarperCollins (ISBN 9780062242969):
- There, a huge blue heron stands sentry like a statue, eye on the surface, waiting for his next meal to wriggle by. A lone grassy hill overlooks it all, well above the flood line, big enough to pitch a whole mess of tents [on].
- 2011, Keith Maillard, Looking Good: Difficulty at the Beginning, Brindle and Glass (ISBN 9781897142783):
- I'm thinking, thanks a whole fuck of a lot, Robert. You could have laid that on me weeks ago.
- Sound, uninjured, healthy.
- He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.
- 1939, Alfred Edward Housman, Additional Poems, X, lines 5-6
- Here, with one balm for many fevers found, / Whole of an ancient evil, I sleep sound.
- (of food) From which none of its constituents has been removed.
- whole wheat; whole milk
- (mining) As yet unworked.
- ground (as in ground seed) (1)
- French: entier, tout
- German: ganz, heil, gesamt
- Italian: intero
- Portuguese: inteiro
- Russian: це́лый
- Spanish: entero
whole (plural wholes)
- Something complete, without any parts missing.
- This variety of fascinating details didn't fall together into an enjoyable, coherent whole.
- An entirety.
- French: ensemble, totalité
- German: Ganze
- Italian: tutto
- Portuguese: todo
- Russian: це́лое
- Spanish: totalidad