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From Middle English entere, enter, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman entier, from Latin integrum, accusative of integer, from in-(not) + tangō(touch).



entire (not comparable)

  1. (sometimes postpositive) Whole; complete.
    We had the entire building to ourselves for the evening.
  2. (botany) Having a smooth margin without any indentation.
  3. (botany) Consisting of a single piece, as a corolla.
  4. (complex analysis, of a complex function) Complex-differentiable on all of .
  5. (of a male animal) Not gelded.
  6. Without mixture or alloy of anything; unqualified; morally whole; pure; faithful.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      pure fear and entire cowardice
    • Clarendon
      No man had ever a heart more entire to the king.
  7. Internal; interior.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)


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entire (plural entires)

  1. An uncastrated horse; a stallion.
    • 2005, James Meek, The People's Act of Love (Canongate 2006, p. 124)
      He asked why Hijaz was an entire. You know what an entire is, do you not, Anna? A stallion which has not been castrated.
  2. (philately) A complete envelope with stamps and all official markings: (prior to the use of envelopes) a page folded and posted.