whale

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. cetacean; finback; blue, humpback, killer, sperm, sulphur-bottom, or right whale; orca, rorqual, narwhal, blackfish, dolphin, porpoise, grampus; Moby Dick; informal, whopper. See size, animal.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A marine animal]
Syn. cetacean, leviathan, King of the Deep; see fish .
Types of whales include: sperm, white, blue, right, Greenland, sulphur-bottom, killer, gray, baleen, bottlenose, beaked, toothed, pilot, narwhal, finback, finner, humpback, beluga, blackfish, rorqual, common rorqual, blue rorqual.
2. [*Something impressive]
Syn. a Great deal, a lot, abundance, a Great quantity, large amount, corker*, whopper*, helluva lot*.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
cetacean, leviathan, aquatic mammal, humpback whale, blue whale, finback, sperm whale, beluga, rorqual, gray whale.
WORD FIND
air hole: blowhole, spiracle
beaching of: stranding
biblical survivor of ingestion: Jonah
bone or tooth carvings: scrimshaw
carcass: kreng
comblike strainer in the mouth of some breeds: baleen
cut blubber off from: flense
diving: sounding
fat: blubber
fatty substance used in candles, ointments: spermaceti
female: cow
fictional hunter: Ahab
fin: dorsal fin
fins, tail: flukes
horned: narwhal
hunter’s whale: right whale
killer whale: orca
leaping out of the water: breaching
male: bull
perfumes, waxy substance used in: ambergris
prehistoric: zeuglodon
school: pod, gam
slapping tail down hard on surface: lobtailing
sound location: sonar
study of: cetology
toothed whales, order of: odontoceti
toothless whales that feed on plankton: baleen whale, mysticeti
young: calf
II
v.
whale on, beat, whip, pound, whack, thrash.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Whale — Whale, n. [OE. whal, AS. hw[ae]l; akin to D. walvisch, G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval, hvalfisk. Cf. {Narwhal}, {Walrus}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any aquatic mammal of the order {Cetacea}, especially any one of the large species,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whale — (englisch für Wal) bezeichnet: Whale (Cumbria), eine Ortschaft im District Eden (Cumbria) der Grafschaft Cumbria, England Whale (Band), eine schwedische Popgruppe Whale, Spitzname der Douglas A 3 USS Whale (SS 239), ein US amerikanisches… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • whale — whale1 [hwāl, wāl] n. pl. whales or whale [ME whal < OE hwæl, akin to OHG hwal, ON hvalr, MDu wal < IE base * (s)kwalos, a large fish > L squalus, big sea fish] 1. any member of either of two orders (Mysticeta and Odontoceta) of aquatic… …   English World dictionary

  • whale — ► NOUN (pl. same or whales) ▪ a very large marine mammal with a horizontal tail fin and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing. ● a whale of a Cf. ↑a whale of a ● have a whale of a time Cf. ↑have a whale of a time …   English terms dictionary

  • whale — whale; whale·man; gun·whale; nar·whale; …   English syllables

  • Whale — Whales are marine mammals which are neither dolphins (i.e. members of the families Delphinidae or Platanistoidae) nor porpoises. Orcas (Killer Whales) and Pilot whales have whale in their name, though they are dolphins for the purpose of… …   Wikipedia

  • whale — whale1 /hwayl, wayl/, n., pl. whales, (esp. collectively) whale, v., whaled, whaling. n. 1. any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, esp. as distinguished from the smaller dolphins and porpoises, having a fishlike body, forelimbs… …   Universalium

  • whale — n. sea mammal 1) to harpoon a whale 2) a blue; bowhead; sperm; white whale 3) a school of whales 4) a young whale is a calf 5) a female whale is a cow 6) a male whale is a bull misc. 7) a whale of a good time ( a very good time ) * * * [weɪl]… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • whale — I. noun (plural whales) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwæl; akin to Old High German hwal whale and perhaps to Latin squalus sea fish Date: before 12th century 1. or plural whale cetacean; especially one (as… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Whale — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Whale peut faire référence à : baleine en anglais, mot que l on retrouve dans : Whale watching, une forme d écotourisme, Litany for the Whale,… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.