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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 whole number

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Whole a.
 1. 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. “On their whole host I flew unarmed.”
    The whole race of mankind.   --Shak.
 2. 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.
    My life is yet whole in me.   --2 Sam. i. 9.
 3. Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.
    [She] findeth there her friends hole and sound.   --Chaucer.
    They that be whole need not a physician.   --Matt. ix. 12.
    When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.   --Tennyson.
 Whole blood. Law of Descent See under Blood, n., 2.
 Whole note Mus., the note which represents a note of longest duration in common use; a semibreve.
 Whole number Math., a number which is not a fraction or mixed number; an integer.
 Whole snipe Zool., the common snipe, as distinguished from the smaller jacksnipe. [Prov. Eng.]
 Syn: -- All; total; complete; entire; integral; undivided; uninjured; unimpaired; unbroken; healthy.
 Usage: -- Whole, Total, Entire, Complete. When we use the word whole, we refer to a thing as made up of parts, none of which are wanting; as, a whole week; a whole year; the whole creation. When we use the word total, we have reference to all as taken together, and forming a single totality; as, the total amount; the total income. When we speak of a thing as entire, we have no reference to parts at all, but regard the thing as an integer, i. e., continuous or unbroken; as, an entire year; entire prosperity. When we speak of a thing as complete, there is reference to some progress which results in a filling out to some end or object, or a perfected state with no deficiency; as, complete success; a complete victory.
    All the whole army stood agazed on him.   --Shak.
    One entire and perfect chrysolite.   --Shak.
 Lest total darkness should by night regain
 Her old possession, and extinguish life.   --Milton.
 So absolute she seems,
 And in herself complete.   --Milton.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 whole number
      n : any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero
          [syn: integer]