Definition of whole
What does the word whole mean?
part of speech: adjective, noun
(Archaic) in good health, well, (they that be w. need not a physician); in sound condition, uninjured, not broken, intact, (hope you will come back w.; get off with a w. skin; there is not a plate left w.; has swallowed a raisin w.); integral, consisting of one or more units, without fractions, (w. numbers, integers); undiminished, without subtraction, (bread made of w. meal, not deprived by bolting of some constituents); (with a in sing.) not less than (spent w. years of misery; went up a w. tone; lasted three w. days; w. regiments were cut down; talked a w. lot of nonsense); (with the, his, &c.) all that there is of (the w. truth, world, duty of man; do thing with one\'s w. heart, heartily, with concentrated effort &c., without doubts &c., whence whole-hearted a., whole-heartedly adv., wholeheartedness n.; the w. priesthood, city, &c., all members or inhabitants of it; COMMITTEE of the w. House; go the w. HOG); w.-coloured, all of one colour; w.-hoofed, with undivided hoofs; w.-length, (portrait) representing person from head to foot; wholesale n. (chiefly attrib.), selling of articles in large quantities to be retailed by others (a w.-s. dealer; sells by w.-s.; w.-s. prices), adj. & adv., on the w.-s. plan, (transf.) on large scale, (our business is w.-s. only; sells w.-s.; a w.-s. slaughter took place; sends out begging letters w.-s.); hence wholeness n. (N.) thing complete in itself; all that there is of something (often of; the golden rule contains the w. of morality; on or upon the w., taking into consideration everything that bears on the question, after weighing pros& cons &c.); organic unity, complete system, total made up of parts, (nature is a w.; the w. & the parts). [old English]