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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun whole:


The word whole is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun whole

What does whole mean as a name of something?

Whole is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: wholes

  1. all of something including all its component elements or parts
    • examples: Europe considered as a whole | the whole of American literature
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: concept / conception / construct = an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
    • more specific words:
      • unit = a single undivided whole
      • compound = a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
      • composite / complex = a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
    • part: division / section / part = one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  2. an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
    • example: how big is that part compared to the whole?
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonym of whole: unit
    • more generic terms: object / physical object = a tangible and visible entity
    • more specific terms:
    • parts:
      • portion / part = something less than the whole of a human artifact
      • section / segment = one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

Alternative definition of the noun whole


  1. Something complete, without any parts missing.
  2. An entirety.

Definition of the adjective whole

What does whole mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete
  2. (of siblings) having the same parents
    • example: whole brothers and sisters
    • antonym: half
  3. not injured or harmed
  4. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
    • examples: whole in mind and body | a whole person again
    • synonym of whole: hale
    • similar: healthy
  5. acting together as a single undiversified whole

Alternative definition of the adjective whole


  1. See entire.
  2. sound, uninjured, healthy.

Definition of the adverb whole

What does whole mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

Alternative definition of the adverb whole


  1. [colloquial] in entirety; entirely; wholly


  1. "Whole" is the sixth studio album by American metal band soil, released through Pavement Music on August 20th, 2013. It is the first album since 2004 to feature Ryan Mcombs on lead vocals, having returned to the band in 2011.
    • genre: Nu metal
    • released on
  2. "Whole" a.k.a. "Whole EP" is the first EP by Pedro the Lion. It was released on 8 April 1997 on Tooth & Nail.
  3. "Whole" is a musical single of Ze Frank.
    • released on (6 years ago)


"Whole" is a book written by T. Colin Campbell with Howard Jacobson.


  1. "Whole" is a documentary about people with body integrity identity disorder. It first was broadcast on the Sundance Channel in 2004.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • director: Melody Gilbert
    • genres: Documentary film, Indie film, Culture & Society, Illnesses & Disabilities, Biographical film
    • released in (13 years ago)
  2. "Whole" is a film, directed by Stephan Hillerbrand & Mary Magsamen.


Whole is the second studio album from Christian singer-songwriter Jessa Anderson, which it is independently released through Crash Records on April 8, 2014, and its producer is Brandon Perdue. In addition, this is the third album for her career.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Whole

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Google previewLearn Torah With 1994-1995 Torah Annual (1996)

A Collection of the Year's Best Torah by Joel Lurie Grishaver, Rabbi Stuart Kelman

Being whole means seeing yourself as an open book, full of possibility; seeing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Bilingual Education (2008)

by Josue M. Gonzalez

Whole language is a philosophical perspective about how language is acquired. The premise of this perspective is that acquiring language is easy when it is kept whole and meaningful and it is hard when it is broken down into a series of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of School Health (2013)

by David C. Wiley, Amy C. Cory

A child is a human being and an intact whole organism. However, the concept of a Whole Child implies that somehow we need to keep children and youth intact and not divided into parts or dimensions. The preferred educational approach for ...

Google previewA New and Enlarged Military Dictionary, Or, Alphabetical Explanation of Technical Terms (1802)

by Charles James

These duty soundings, according to situation, are given by one trumpet, or by the whole of the quarter, regiment, or camp. - For Exercise. 16. March. The squadron, regiment, or line being halted, the trumpet of the commander will accompany ...

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Quotes about Whole

Ever strive for the whole; and if no whole thou canst make thee,
Join, then, thyself to some whole, as a subservient limb! (Friedrich Schiller)
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Scrabble value of W4H4O1L1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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