[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' .
(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. . All, total.. Entire, undivided, integral, complete, not fractional.. Uninjured, unimpaired, unbroken, perfect, faultless, good, firm, strong.. 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.
- He was undeniably a prosperous man, bore his drinking better than others bore their moderation, and, on the whole, flourished like the green bay-tree. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- It was late in the day before the whole inscription was erased. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- While there are several distinct parts of this device, each having its individual function, they may be considered as a whole under the general term of the escapement. 佚名. 神奇的知识之书.
- Rather a pleasant year on the whole! 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- I have only a little time here, she said, but I would have you to know the whole truth. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- I thought you were going to spend the whole autumn with us, and I've hardly laid eyes on you for the last month. 伊迪丝·华顿. 快乐之家.
- Meantime the whole hall was in a stir; most people rose and remained standing, for a change; some walked about, all talked and laughed. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- She saw clearly enough the whole situation, yet she was fettered: she could not smite the stricken soul that entreated hers. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- I ran back for a light and there was the poor fellow, a great gash in his throat and the whole place swimming in blood. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- All day, she seemed to pervade the whole house. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- Can't, indeed,' rejoined Bob Sawyer, 'I wouldn't mind a brain, but I couldn't stand a whole head. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 匹克威克外传.
- There was no Adrian to superintend and direct, while whole flocks of the poor were struck and killed. 玛丽·雪莱. 最后一个人.
- Whether his whole soul is devoted to the great or whether he yields them nothing beyond the services he sells is his personal secret. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- A small green court was the whole of its demesne in front; and a neat wicket gate admitted them into it. 简·奥斯汀. 理智与情感.
- Carriages and horses were provided for all; captains and under officers chosen, and the whole assemblage wisely organized. 玛丽·雪莱. 最后一个人.
- To say that active occupations should be concerned primarily with wholes is another statement of the same principle. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.
- Wholes for purposes of education are not, however, physical affairs. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.