1) QUANT: QUANT of def-n If you refer to the whole of something, you mean all of it.

He has said he will make an apology to the whole of Asia for his country's past behaviour...

I was cold throughout the whole of my body.

...the whole of August.

Whole is also an adjective.

He'd been observing her the whole trip... We spent the whole summer in Italy that year.

2) N-COUNT: usu sing A whole is a single thing which contains several different parts.

An atom itself is a complete whole, with its electrons, protons and neutrons and other elements...

Taken as a percentage of the whole, the mouth has to be a fairly minor body part.

3) ADJ: v-link ADJ, v n ADJ If something is whole, it is in one piece and is not broken or damaged.

Much of the temple was ruined, but the front was whole, as well as a large hall behind it...

I struck the glass with my fist with all my might; yet it remained whole...

Small bones should be avoided as the dog may swallow them whole and risk internal injury.

complete, intact
4) ADV: ADV adj (emphasis) You use whole to emphasize what you are saying. [INFORMAL]

It was like seeing a whole different side of somebody...

His father had helped invent a whole new way of doing business.

Whole is also an adjective.

That saved me a whole bunch of money... There's a whole group of friends he doesn't want you to meet.

5) PHRASE: n PHR, PHR with cl If you refer to something as a whole, you are referring to it generally and as a single unit.

He described the move as a victory for the people of South Africa as a whole...

As a whole we do not eat enough fibre in Britain.

in general
6) PHRASE: PHR with cl You use on the whole to indicate that what you are saying is true in general but may not be true in every case, or that you are giving a general opinion or summary of something.

On the whole, people miss the opportunity to enjoy leisure...

The wine towns encountered are, on the whole, quiet and modest.


English dictionary. 2008.


См. также в других словарях:

  • Whole — Whole, a. [OE. hole, hol, hal, hool, AS. h[=a]l well, sound, healthy; akin to OFries. & OS. h?l, D. heel, G. heil, Icel. heill, Sw. hel whole, Dan. heel, Goth. hails well, sound, OIr. c?l augury. Cf. {Hale}, {Hail} to greet, {Heal} to cure,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whole — [hōl] adj. [ME (Midland) hool, for hol, hal < OE hal, healthy, whole, hale: akin to Ger heil, ON heill < IE base * kailo , sound, uninjured, auspicious > Welsh coel, omen] 1. a) in sound health; not diseased or injured b) Archaic healed …   English World dictionary

  • whole — adj 1 entire, *perfect, intact Analogous words: sound, well, *healthy, robust, wholesome: complete, plenary, *full Contrasted words: *deficient, defective: impaired, damaged, injured, marred (see INJURE) 2 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • whole — ► ADJECTIVE 1) complete; entire. 2) emphasizing a large extent or number: a whole range of issues. 3) in an unbroken or undamaged state. ► NOUN 1) a thing that is complete in itself. 2) (the whole) all of something …   English terms dictionary

  • Whole — may refer to: *Holism, (from holos, a Greek word meaning all, entire, total) the idea that all the properties of a given system cannot be determined or explained by the sum of its component parts alone * in music, a whole step, or Major second *… …   Wikipedia

  • whole — [adj1] entire, complete accomplished, aggregate, all, choate, completed, concentrated, conclusive, consummate, every, exclusive, exhaustive, fixed, fulfilled, full, full length, gross, inclusive, in one piece, integral, outright, perfect, plenary …   New thesaurus

  • Whole — Whole, n. 1. The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself. [1913 Webster] This not the whole of life to live, Nor all of death to die. J. Montgomery. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whole — I (undamaged) adjective aggregate, all, complete, entire, gross, intact, solid, total, undiminished, unhurt, unimpaired, unreduced, without loss associated concepts: whole capital, whole estate, whole quantity, whole truth II (unified) adjective… …   Law dictionary

  • whole — hōl adj containing all its natural constituents, components, or elements: deprived of nothing by refining, processing, or separation <whole milk> …   Medical dictionary

  • whole|ly — «HOH lee, HOHL lee», adverb. = wholly. (Cf. ↑wholly) …   Useful english dictionary

  • whole — whole1 W1S1 [həul US houl] adj [: Old English; Origin: hal healthy, unhurt, complete ] 1.) [only before noun] all of something = ↑entire ▪ You have your whole life ahead of you! ▪ His whole attitude bugs me. ▪ We ate the whole cake in about ten… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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