I. adjective Etymology: Middle English enter, entier, entire, from Anglo-French enter, entier, from Latin integer, literally, untouched, from in- + tangere to touch — more at tangent Date: 14th century 1. having no element or part left out ; whole <
was alone the entire day
2. complete in degree ; total <
their entire devotion to their family
3. a. consisting of one piece b. homogeneous, unmixed c. intact <
strove to keep the collection entire
4. not castrated 5. having the margin continuous or free from indentations <
an entire leaf
Synonyms: see whole, perfectentire adverbentireness noun II. noun Date: 1597 1. archaic the whole ; entirety 2. stallion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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