entire

Think of the word entire as referring to all of anything. Now think of that "all" as being whole — not broken or lacking in any way. Remember that, and you will have the entire meaning of the word.

Entire is based on the Latin integrum, which came from the prefix in-, "not," and tangere, "to touch," and thus means "untouched." From there it developed into the 14th-century Old French entier, meaning "unbroken or complete," and then, through Middle English, into our modern word entire. One use of the word you don't see every day is to describe an uncastrated horse — an "entire horse" is a stallion. Gives a pretty interesting picture of the word, doesn't it?

Primary Meanings of entire

1.
adj
constituting the full quantity or extent; complete
2.
adjn
(used of domestic animals) sexually competent
uncastrated adult male horse
3.
adj
(of leaves or petals) having a smooth edge; not broken up into teeth or lobes
Full Definitions of entire
1

adj constituting the full quantity or extent; complete

“an entire town devastated by an earthquake”
Synonyms:
full, total
whole
including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete

adj constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged

“was able to keep the collection entire during his lifetime”
Synonyms:
intact, integral
whole
including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete
2

adj (used of domestic animals) sexually competent

“an entire horse”
Synonyms:
intact
uncastrated
not castrated

n uncastrated adult male horse

Synonyms:
stallion
Types:
stud, studhorse
adult male horse kept for breeding
Type of:
male horse
the male of species Equus caballus
3

adj (of leaves or petals) having a smooth edge; not broken up into teeth or lobes

Synonyms:
smooth
of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth

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