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whale 1

 (wāl, hwāl)
n.
1.
a. Any of various marine mammals of the order Cetacea; a cetacean.
b. Any of various larger members of this order, including the blue whale, humpback whale, and right whale, in contrast to the porpoises and dolphins.
2. Informal An impressive example: a whale of a story.
intr.v. whaled, whal·ing, whales
To engage in the hunting of whales.

[Middle English, from Old English hwæl.]

whale 2

 (wāl, hwāl)
v. whaled, whal·ing, whales
v.tr.
1. To strike or hit repeatedly and forcefully; thrash.
2. To strike or hit (a ball) with great force.
v.intr.
1. To strike or hit a person or thing repeatedly and forcefully: whaled away at the plaster wall with a mallet.
2. To swing at a ball with great effort, especially repeatedly.
3. To attack vehemently: The poet whaled away at the critics.

[Origin unknown.]

whale

(weɪl)
n, pl whales or whale
1. (Animals) any of the larger cetacean mammals, excluding dolphins, porpoises, and narwhals. They have flippers, a streamlined body, and a horizontally flattened tail and breathe through a blowhole on the top of the head.
2. (Animals) any cetacean mammal. See also toothed whale, whalebone whale
3. (Gambling, except Cards) slang a gambler who has the capacity to win and lose large sums of money in a casino
4. a whale of a informal an exceptionally large, fine, etc, example of a (person or thing): we had a whale of a time on holiday.
[Old English hwæl; related to Old Saxon, Old High German hwal, Old Norse hvalr, Latin squalus seapig]

whale

(weɪl)
vb
(tr) to beat or thrash soundly
[C18: variant of wale1]

whale1

(ʰweɪl, weɪl)

n., pl. whales, (esp. collectively) whale, n.
1. any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, esp. as distinguished from the smaller dolphins, having a fishlike body, forelimbs modified into flippers, and a horizontally flattened head.
2. something big, great, or fine of its kind: I had a whale of a time in Europe.
3. (cap.) the constellation Cetus.
v.i.
4. to engage in whaling or whale fishing.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hwæl, c. Old High German wal, Old Norse hvalr]

whale2

(ʰweɪl, weɪl)

v.t., v.i. whaled, whal•ing.
to hit, thrash, or beat soundly.
[1780–90; orig. uncertain]

whale

(wāl)
Any of various, often large sea mammals that have a streamlined body resembling that of a fish, forelimbs shaped like flippers, a tail with horizontal flukes, and one or two blowholes for breathing. The mouths of whales are toothed or contain baleen.
Did You Know? In a submarine, you can ride down thousands of feet underwater. But if you swam outside it, the water pressure would crush you like a soda can. Amazingly, there are many animals that happily exist in such conditions. The sperm whale, for instance, may dive as deep as two miles with no ill effects. A male sperm whale is like a living tractor-trailer truck, almost 60 feet long and weighing 45 tons. Many adaptations allow the huge creature, and other deep-sea organisms, to function normally at great depths. One important strength is actually a weakness: unlike our rigid ribs, the whale's flexible ribcage allows its chest cavity to collapse in a controlled way as the pressure increases. Other adaptations control the way gases are stored in the blood. Unlike people, whales do not have to return to the surface gradually to avoid getting the bends—the sometimes deadly formation of nitrogen bubbles caused by expanding gas in the blood. Because of this adaptation, whales can swim up and down as fast as they like, undergoing tremendous variation in pressure, with no ill effects. It's all just water to them.

whale


Past participle: whaled
Gerund: whaling

Imperative
whale
whale
Present
I whale
you whale
he/she/it whales
we whale
you whale
they whale
Preterite
I whaled
you whaled
he/she/it whaled
we whaled
you whaled
they whaled
Present Continuous
I am whaling
you are whaling
he/she/it is whaling
we are whaling
you are whaling
they are whaling
Present Perfect
I have whaled
you have whaled
he/she/it has whaled
we have whaled
you have whaled
they have whaled
Past Continuous
I was whaling
you were whaling
he/she/it was whaling
we were whaling
you were whaling
they were whaling
Past Perfect
I had whaled
you had whaled
he/she/it had whaled
we had whaled
you had whaled
they had whaled
Future
I will whale
you will whale
he/she/it will whale
we will whale
you will whale
they will whale
Future Perfect
I will have whaled
you will have whaled
he/she/it will have whaled
we will have whaled
you will have whaled
they will have whaled
Future Continuous
I will be whaling
you will be whaling
he/she/it will be whaling
we will be whaling
you will be whaling
they will be whaling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whaling
you have been whaling
he/she/it has been whaling
we have been whaling
you have been whaling
they have been whaling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whaling
you will have been whaling
he/she/it will have been whaling
we will have been whaling
you will have been whaling
they will have been whaling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whaling
you had been whaling
he/she/it had been whaling
we had been whaling
you had been whaling
they had been whaling
Conditional
I would whale
you would whale
he/she/it would whale
we would whale
you would whale
they would whale
Past Conditional
I would have whaled
you would have whaled
he/she/it would have whaled
we would have whaled
you would have whaled
they would have whaled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whale - a very large personwhale - a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
large person - a person of greater than average size
2.whale - any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
cetacean, cetacean mammal, blower - large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
toothed whale - any of several whales having simple conical teeth and feeding on fish etc.
Monodon monoceros, narwal, narwhal, narwhale - small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk
spouter - a spouting whale
Verb1.whale - hunt for whales
hunt, hunt down, track down, run - pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods"

whale

noun
Related words
adjective cetacean
male bull
female cow
young calf
collective nouns school, gam, run

Whales and dolphins

beluga, baleen whale, blue whale or sulphur-bottom, bottlenose dolphin, bowhead, dorado, Greenland whale, greyback or grey whale, humpback whale, killer whale, grampus, or orc, minke whale, narwhal, pilot whale, black whale, or blackfish, porpoise, right whale, rorqual, sei whale, sperm whale or cachalot, toothed whale, whalebone whale, white whale
Translations
حوتحُوت
velryba
hval
valas
kit
bálna
hvalur
クジラ
고래
banginio taukaibanginio ūsasbanginisdalginis delfinas
valis
veľryba
kit
val
ปลาวาฬ
cá voi

whale

[weɪl]
A. N (whales or whale (pl)) → ballena f
a whale of a differenceuna enorme diferencia
to have a whale of a timepasarlo bomba or (S. Cone) regio
B. CPD whale oil Naceite m de ballena

whale

hweɪl] n
(= animal) → baleine f
to have a whale of a time (= to have a great time) → s'amuser comme un(e) fou (folle)

whale

n
Wal m
(inf) a whale of (= exceedingly great, good etc)ein(e) riesige(r, s); a whale of a differenceein himmelweiter Unterschied; a whale of a partyeine Wahnsinnsparty (inf); to have a whale of a timesich prima amüsieren

whale

:
whalebone
nFischbein nt
whale fishing
nWal(fisch)fang m
whaleman
n (US) → Walfänger m
whale oil
nWalöl nt, → Tran m

whale

[weɪl] n (Zool) → balena
we had a whale of a time (fam) → ci siamo divertiti da matti

whale

(weil) noun
a type of very large mammal that lives in the sea.
killer whale noun
a black and white whale.
ˈwhalebone noun, adjective
(of) a light bendable substance got from the upper jaw of certain whales.
whale oil
oil obtained from the fatty parts of a whale.
have a whale of a time
to enjoy oneself very much.

whale

حُوت velryba hval Wal φάλαινα ballena valas baleine kit balena クジラ 고래 walvis hval wieloryb baleia кит val ปลาวาฬ balina cá voi
References in classic literature ?
After partly closing the door, the child turned back, and mumbled something to Phoebe, which, as the whale was but half disposed of, she could not perfectly understand.
chief among these motives was the overwhelming idea of the great whale himself.
That same infinitely thin, isinglass substance, which, I admit, invests the entire body of the whale, is not so much to be regarded as the skin of the creature, as the skin of the skin, so to speak; for it were simply ridiculous to say, that the proper skin of the tremendous whale is thinner and more tender than the skin of a new-born child.
It was the Canadian-- he could not be mistaken--who signalled a whale on the eastern horizon.
In that case, as I have never fished in these seas, I do not know the kind of whale frequenting them
These creatures are generally much smaller than the Greenland whale.
In destroying the southern whale (like the Greenland whale, an inoffensive creature), your traders do a culpable action, Master Land.
The barbarous and inconsiderate greed of these fishermen will one day cause the disappearance of the last whale in the ocean.
Better armed than the whale, whose upper jaw is furnished only with whalebone, it is supplied with twenty-five large tusks, about eight inches long, cylindrical and conical at the top, each weighing two pounds.
But his anger was turned by the sight of a whale which the Nautilus had just come up with.
Because I have seen large whales, sir, whales measuring a hundred feet.
They are southern whales," said he; "there goes the fortune of a whole fleet of whalers.