on the whole

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv on the whole with everything considered (and neglecting details) "altogether, I'm sorry it happened","all in all, it's not so bad"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first television show to show any portion of a toilet was on "Leave it to Beaver." After fighting for ten weeks to show the toilet, CBS would only allow the producers to show the toilet tank, and not the whole toilet
    • On the whole generally speaking, to sum up
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Quotations

  • P.T. Barnum
    P.T. Barnum
    “More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing in too much.”
  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “The nation is prosperous on the whole, but how much prosperity is there in a hole?”
  • Carl Jung
    Carl%20Jung
    “It is on the whole probably that we continually dream, but that consciousness makes such a noise that we do not hear it.”
  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
  • George Orwell
    George%20Orwell
    “On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hál, healthy; Ice. heill, Ger. heil. By-form hale (1).

Usage

In literature:

We feel the throes of an earthquake which threatens to bring down ruin on the whole magnificent fabric of our Government!
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
They did not succeed in this, but they secured the ascendency, on the whole, of the Catholic cause in Europe.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
I think you know about as much of what is going on as we do, for, on the whole, we are told very little.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
The attitude of the House was on the whole highly favourable to these proposals.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
I believe, however, there is no whale fishery on the whole Norwegian coast.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
On the whole, I suppose, they did as well as one could expect for you.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
On the whole, it was a literature for entertainment.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He doesn't get drunk as often as the other two boys, either; in fact, on the whole, I should call him satisfactory.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
On the whole, it was a relief when the Adjutant came in.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Begging seemed to him, on the whole, the easiest way of getting along; but it was too early for that.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
On the whole, as they say, Like people like priest; so we may say, Like people like king.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
A library, on the whole, is the purest and most perfect form of power that exists, because it is a lever on the nature of things.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
On the whole, then, the little women have the best of it.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
She is the loveliest maiden on the whole earth.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
On the whole he was more than satisfied with the morning's work.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Development is on the whole considerably in advance of present demands.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Along the Whiskey Road nearly the whole floating population of Aiken moved on horseback or on wheels.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
You may be sure, on the whole, that your instincts were right.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
On the whole her heart hardened again.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
On the whole, she is standing the glare of day better than he expected, and her bodice seems very nicely cut.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
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In poetry:

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?
"Clenched Soul" by Pablo Neruda
'Twas a smile, 'twas a garment's rustle,
'Twas nothing that I can phrase.
But the whole dumb dwelling grew conscious,
And put on her looks and ways.
"The Dead House" by James Russell Lowell
"'Now, out on thee, faint-hearted knight!
Thou shouldst not say me nay;
For the eve is sweet, and when lovers meet,
Is worth the whole summer's day.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
And I was no better in part nor whole
Than the gang I was found among,
And his innocent blood was on the soul
Which he blessed with his dying tongue.
"Rags" by Edmund Vance Cooke
Three golden months while summer on us stole
I have read your joyful tale another time,
Breathing more freely in that larger clime
And learning wiselier to deserve the whole.
"Milton Read Again (In Surrey)" by C S Lewis
'The fire of Heaven is on the dusty ways.
The wayside blossoms open to the blaze.
The whole wood-world is one full peal of praise.
The fire of Heaven is not the flame of Hell.
"Balin and Balan" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

"If you see it on one or two plants, fine, but otherwise the responsible thing is to remove the whole field ," said Falkowski.
"The whole assembly appears to float on the wall.".
"The American Academy of Family Physicians is staking their whole future on the medical home," Dr Terry McGeeney told an audience of about 150 physicians at the AAFP's Scientific Assembly in San Diego in September 2008.
"Keeps" has Butler dialing down his swagger and charisma when the whole movie is reliant on both.
The Beach Boys hit "I Get Around " will take on a whole new meaning when one of the band members who co-wrote the 1964 song helps dedicate the first highway roundabout at Lake Tahoe.
(AP) — The Beach Boys hit "I Get Around " will take on a whole new meaning when one of the band members who co-wrote the 1964 song helps dedicate the first highway roundabout at Lake Tahoe.
Sneaked up on a lot of the guys, if you want to know the whole story.
Separate windows within your browser which mean you can look at different pages on the internet without opening up whole new versions of your browser.
As a parent, the night takes on a whole new meaning.
After listening to Spencer Haywood talk for hours I couldn't help feel I would need days if not weeks to get the whole story on the former SuperSonics basketball star.
See the whole thing now on Netflix.
Even if it's on Twitter for the whole world to see.
The person who recommended wholesale outsourcing of government obviously has never considered the tremendous negative effect such an action would take on the economy as a whole.
Prepared hummus that comes with a scoop of chopped garlic on top (like the kind sold by Sabra) is the secret here: The garlic gets mixed with oil to marinate the zucchini, while the remaining garlic and hummus flavor the whole pizza.
On Nov 6, WHILE the whole nation was voting, students at St John's in Sleepy Eye were doing the same.
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In science:

So, the evolution cannot possible act as a process of decoherence on the whole convex of states.
An Algebraic Formulation of Quantum Decoherence
Leclerc and Thibon’s idea was to define a canonical basis on the whole of the Fock space; they did this using the action of a Heisenberg algebra on F .
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Moreover, the first derivative Ω′ (x) is continuous on the whole R, while Ω′′ (x) is not.
Kerov's central limit theorem for the Plancherel measure on Young diagrams
Depending on the domain of convergence of the latter, the GHS are defined on the whole z -plane (|z | < ∞), the open unit disk (|z | < 1), or the unit circle (|z | = 1).
Generalized Hypergeometric Coherent States
However, the prescription for defining dynamics presented above is automatically defined not on just C ∞ 0 (Σ) ⊕ C ∞ 0 (Σ) but on the whole Hilbert space HA .
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes
First, let µ ∈ M(R) be compactly supported, and suppose that the function Qµ (x) := 2 R log |x − y | dµ(y) is finite and continuous on the whole R.
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation
Hence the action restricts to F and so F is toric (but not necessarily a bundle on the whole).
Looking out for stable syzygy bundles
Of these options, I on the whole prefer reply (ii).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
By putting ( ˜R( ¯x, ¯y) ∧ Γ( ¯x) ∧ Γ( ¯y)) ∨ ¯x = ¯y , we can extend ˜R to a type-definable equivalence relation on the whole universe.
Constructing the hyperdefinable group from the group configuration
In other words, each element of a single fibre can be extended to a continuous section defined on the whole base space.
2-C*-categories with non-simple units
As the transition functions are unitary sections, these local traces paste together into a continuous trace defined on the whole bundle.
2-C*-categories with non-simple units
In order to obtain the adjacency matrix of more sophisticated geometric graphs, such as the Delaunay triangulation, it would be necessary to consider an entry i, j which depends on the whole point set Xn and not only on Xi − Xj .
Eigenvalues of Euclidean Random Matrices
This procedure, in effect, is equivalent to an application of another (random) coin on the whole direction register.
Quantum walks with random phase shifts
Denote by ψ1 the L2 -normalized, positive ground state of H 1,P per and by Ψ its periodic extension on the whole of Rd .
Lifshitz tails for a class of Schr\"odinger operators with random breather-type potential
In other words, we are able to perform global ly arbitrary Lie group actions on functions U defined on the whole of their unrestricted, original domains, as for instance in (2.5) and (2.6).
How to Define Global Lie Group Actions on Functions
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