[həʊl] or [hol]


(noun.) an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; 'how big is that part compared to the whole?'; 'the team is a unit'.

(noun.) all of something including all its component elements or parts; 'Europe considered as a whole'; 'the whole of American literature'.

(adj.) including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete; 'gave his whole attention'; 'a whole wardrobe for the tropics'; 'the whole hog'; 'a whole week'; 'the baby cried the whole trip home'; 'a whole loaf of bread' .

(adj.) (of siblings) having the same parents; 'whole brothers and sisters' .

亚伦编辑--From WordNet


(a.) 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.

(a.) 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.

(a.) Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.

(n.) The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.

(n.) A regular combination of parts; a system.



a. [1]. All, total.[2]. Entire, undivided, integral, complete, not fractional.[3]. Uninjured, unimpaired, unbroken, perfect, faultless, good, firm, strong.[4]. Sound, well, healthy.

n. All, totality, aggregate, gross, amount, sum, sum total.



SYN:Total, entire, all, well, complete, sound, healthy, perfect, unimpaired,undiminished, integral, undivided, gross

ANT:Partial, imperfect, incomplete, unsound, sick, impaired, diminished,fractional, divided, sectional



adj. sound as in health (so in B.): unimpaired: containing the total amount number &c.: all: not defective: complete: in mining as yet unworked.—n. the entire thing: a system or combination of parts.—adv. wholly.—adjs. Whole′-col′oured all of one colour; Whole′-foot′ed (coll.) unreserved; Whole′-heart′ed -souled noble: hearty generous; Whole′-hoofed having undivided hoof; Whole′-length giving the whole figure as a portrait: full-length.—n. a portrait or statue giving the whole figure.—ns. Whole′ness; Whole′sāle sale of goods by the whole piece or large quantity.—adj. buying and selling in large quantities: extensive.—n. Whole′sāler one who sells by wholesale.—adjs. Whole′-skinned having an unbroken skin: unhurt: safe in reputation; Whole′some healthy: sound: salutary: (Shak.) prosperous.—adv. Whole′somely.—ns. Whole′someness; Whole′-stitch a lace-making stitch used in filling.—adv. Wholly (hō′li) completely altogether.—n. Wholth wholeness soundness.—Whole number a unit or a number composed of units an integral number.—Upon On the whole generally speaking to sum up.—With whole skin safe unscathed.





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