[ hohl ]
/ hoʊl /
comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance.
containing all the elements properly belonging; complete: We have a whole set of antique china.
undivided; in one piece: to swallow a thing whole.
Mathematics. integral, or not fractional.
not broken, damaged, or impaired; intact: Thankfully, the vase arrived whole.
uninjured or unharmed; sound: He was surprised to find himself whole after the crash.
pertaining to all aspects of human nature, especially one's physical, intellectual, and spiritual development: education for the whole person.
the whole assemblage of parts or elements belonging to a thing; the entire quantity, account, extent, or number: He accepted some of the parts but rejected the whole.
a thing complete in itself, or comprising all its parts or elements.
an assemblage of parts associated or viewed together as one thing; a unitary system.
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- in view of all the circumstances; after consideration.
- disregarding exceptions; in general: On the whole, the neighborhood is improving.
as a whole, all things included or considered; altogether: As a whole, the relocation seems to have been beneficial.
on/upon the whole,
out of whole cloth, without foundation in fact; fictitious: a story made out of whole cloth.
Origin of whole
SYNONYMS FOR whole
8 totality, aggregate. Whole, total mean the entire or complete sum or amount. The whole is all there is; every part, member, aspect; the complete sum, amount, quantity of anything, not divided; the entirety: the whole of one's property, family. Total also means whole, complete amount, or number, but conveys the idea of something added together or added up: The total of their gains amounted to millions.
Related formswhole·ness, nounself-whole, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on the whole
/ (həʊl) /
containing all the component parts necessary to form a total; completea whole apple
constituting the full quantity, extent, etc
uninjured or undamaged
having no fractional or decimal part; integrala whole number
of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parents; fullwhole brothers
out of whole cloth US and Canadian informal entirely without a factual basis
in an undivided or unbroken pieceto swallow a plum whole
all the parts, elements, etc, of a thing
an assemblage of parts viewed together as a unit
a thing complete in itself
as a whole considered altogether; completely
on the whole
- taking all things into consideration
- in general
Derived Formswholeness, noun
Word Origin for whole
Old English hāl, hǣl; related to Old Frisian hāl, hēl, Old High German heil, Gothic hails; compare hale 1
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Medicine definitions for on the whole
[ hōl ]
Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt.
Having been restored; healed.
An entity or system made up of interrelated parts.
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Idioms and Phrases with on the whole (1 of 2)
on the whole
Considering everything, as in On the whole we enjoyed our vacation, although the hotel was not perfect by any means. [Late 1600s] Also see the synonyms by and large; for the most part.
Idioms and Phrases with on the whole (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with whole
- whole ball of wax, the
- whole hog
- whole kit and caboodle, the
- whole megillah
- whole new ballgame, a
- whole nine yards, the
- whole shebang
- as a whole
- go whole hog
- on the whole
- out of whole cloth
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