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To have a huge, friendly whale willingly approach your boat and look you straight in the eye is without doubt one of the most extraordinary experiences on the planet.
Mark Carwardine

Meaning of "whale" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WHALE

Old English hwæl; related to Old Saxon, Old High German hwal, Old Norse hvalr, Latin squalus seapig.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WHALE

whale  [weɪl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WHALE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Whale is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES WHALE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

whale

Whale

Whale is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale sometimes refers to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which belong to the suborder Odontoceti. This suborder includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The other Cetacean suborder, Mysticeti, comprises filter feeders that eat small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale, the bowhead whale and the minke whale. All cetaceans have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings on top of the head. Whales range in size from the blue whale, the largest animal known to have ever existed at 30 m and 180 tonnes, to pygmy species such as the pygmy sperm whale at 3.5 m. Whales inhabit all the world's oceans and number in the millions, with annual population growth rate estimates for various species ranging from 3% to 13%. Whales are long-lived, humpback whales living for up to 77 years, while bowhead whales may live for over a century.

Definition of whale in the English dictionary

The definition of whale in the dictionary is 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 related adjective cetacean. Other definition of whale is a gambler who has the capacity to win and lose large sums of money in a casino.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WHALE


ale
eɪl
cocktail
ˈkɒkˌteɪl
dale
deɪl
detail
ˈdiːteɪl
e-mail
ˈiːmeɪl
fail
feɪl
female
ˈfiːmeɪl
mail
meɪl
male
meɪl
nail
neɪl
retail
ˈriːteɪl
sale
seɪl
scale
skeɪl
tail
teɪl
tale
teɪl
thumbnail
ˈθʌmˌneɪl
trail
treɪl
travail
ˈtræveɪl
vale
veɪl
wholesale
ˈhəʊlˌseɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WHALE

whakairo
whakapapa
whale calf
whale catcher
whale oil
whale shark
whale watching
whaleback
whaleboat
whalebone
whalebone whale
whalelike
whaleman
whaler
whaler shark
whalery
whaling
whaling ship
whaling station
whally

WORDS THAT END LIKE WHALE

baleen whale
black whale
blue whale
Burgess Shale
exhale
grey whale
hale
humpback whale
inhale
killer whale
minke whale
narwhale
oil shale
Omphale
pilot whale
right whale
shale
sperm whale
toothed whale
white whale

Synonyms and antonyms of whale in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «whale» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WHALE

Find out the translation of whale to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of whale from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «whale» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ballena
570 millions of speakers

English

whale
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

व्हेल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حُوت
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кит
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

baleia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

তিমি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

baleine
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ikan paus
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wal
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

クジラ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

고래
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Whale
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cá voi
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திமிங்கலங்கள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

व्हेल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

balina
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

balena
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wieloryb
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кит
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

balenă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φάλαινα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

walvis
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

val
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hval
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of whale

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WHALE»

The term «whale» is very widely used and occupies the 12.905 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WHALE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «whale» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «whale» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about whale

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10 QUOTES WITH «WHALE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word whale.
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Muhammad Ali
I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick.
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Pierce Brosnan
Must whales and dolphins be subjected to deafening noise that will cause more than 3.5 million instances of temporary and/or permanent hearing loss? For species that depend on hearing for survival - to find food, migrate, and communicate - any hearing loss could be catastrophic. As one scientist noted, a deaf whale is a dead whale.
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William Jennings Bryan
If the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.
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Mark Carwardine
To have a huge, friendly whale willingly approach your boat and look you straight in the eye is without doubt one of the most extraordinary experiences on the planet.
5
Sasha Cohen
I had whale tartare when I was in Japan, but I probably wouldn't have it again.
6
Christine Feehan
I live on the beautiful Northern California coast. I have always loved hiking, whale watching and being outdoors.
7
Rose George
Light doesn't penetrate beneath the surface of the water, so ocean creatures like whales and dolphins and even 800 species of fish communicate by sound. And a North Atlantic right whale can transmit across hundreds of miles.
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Skylar Grey
I have a tattoo on my foot that says 'it's a whale' in Japanese, because Japanese people kill whales. My stuffed whale was like most children's teddy bear. I took it with me everywhere. I slept with it. I couldn't live without my whale.
9
John Hope
We have sat on the river bank and caught catfish with pin hooks. The time has come to harpoon a whale.
10
Bob Kerrey
Like Jonah, the whale had swallowed me; unlike him, I believed I would spend eternity inside the belly of the beast.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WHALE»

Discover the use of whale in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to whale and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Moby Dick
A literary classic that wasn't recognized for its merits until decades after its publication, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick tells the tale of a whaling ship and its crew, who are carried progressively further out to sea by the fiery Captain ...
Herman Melville, 1892
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The Snail and the Whale
Wanting to sail beyond its rock, a tiny snail hitches a ride on a big humpback whale and then is able to help the whale when it gets stuck in the sand.
Julia Donaldson, 2004
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Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships
He began to see the difference between "GOTcha" (catching people doing things wrong) and "Whale Done!" (catching people doing things right). In Whale Done!
Kenneth Blanchard, Thad Lacinak, Chuck Tompkins, 2003
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The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea
From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale, to his abiding love of Moby-Dick, to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic Ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has ...
Philip Hoare, 2011
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The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of ...
"The questions he poses about the relationship between technical change and political power are pressing ones that can no longer be ignored, and identifying them is perhaps the most a nascent 'philosophy of technology' can expect to achieve ...
Langdon Winner, 2010
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Save the White Whale!
While on vacation at the Bay of Whales with Petunia Pretty Paws, Geronimo Stilton comes across a great white whale that needs his help.
Geronimo Stilton, 2011
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The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's ...
The author of Sweet and Low presents a historical profile of Samuel Zemurray that traces his rise from a penniless youth to one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful men, offering insight into his capitalist talents and the ways in ...
Rich Cohen, 2012
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The Urban Whale: North Atlantic Right Whales at the Crossroads
In 1980 a group of scientists censusing marine mammals in the Bay of Fundy was astonished at the sight of twenty-five right whales. Until that time, scientists believed the North Atlasntic right whale was extinct or nealy so.
Scott D. Kraus, Rosalind Rolland, 2007
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The Whale Rider
In every generation since the whale rider, a male has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir - there's only kahu.
Witi Ihimaera, 2008
10
Whale Talk
A varsity letter jacket: it's exclusive, nearly unattainable, revered . . . and everything that's screwed up about Cutter High, as far as T. J. Jones is concerned.
Chris Crutcher, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WHALE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term whale is used in the context of the following news items.
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Fake Willy: Fiberglass killer whale used to scare off sea lions almost …
The captain of a fake life-sized killer whale being used to scare sea lions away from a busy docks area had to be rescued after the fiberglass replica was ... «Daily Mail, Jun 15»
2
Successful conservation efforts recognized in revised ESA …
NOAA's proposal to reclassify humpback whales into 14 distinct population segments will offer fisheries managers a more tailored conservation approach. «NOAA, Apr 15»
3
Whale kills Canadian tourist after smashing tour boat off Mexican …
A 35-year-old Canadian woman was killed after a gray whale smashed into an inflatable boat carrying tourists watching the massive mammals off the coast of ... «New York Daily News, Mar 15»
4
More than 100 pilot whales die on New Zealand beach
Rescuers are racing against the clock to refloat about 90 stranded pilot whales after more than 100 died on a beach on New Zealand's South Island. «BBC News, Feb 15»
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Judge rules against anti-whaling activists in campaign to stop Japan …
Japanese whalers with a captured minke whale in 2009. ... for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. «The Guardian, Dec 14»
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Necropsy on killer whale J-32 reveals orca had full-term fetus
Canadian marine mammal scientists who spent most of Saturday performing a necropsy on killer whale J-32 say the female orca had been pregnant with a ... «CBC.ca, Dec 14»
7
SeaWorld to upgrade killer whale habitats
The amusement park company said it will double the size of the animals' habitats at its three parks. The first of the new killer whale exhibits will open to the ... «CNNMoney, Aug 14»
8
Stranded Whale Watchers Cheerfully Spout Off After Night at Sea
The three hour whale watching tour docked this morning after being stuck all night at sea, but the passengers trouped off all smiles with a voucher to take ... «ABC News, Jul 14»
9
Rotting whale's stench, bloating worry Trout River
A dead blue whale that is slowly rotting on the beach of the western Newfoundland community of Trout River has the community scrambling to find a way to get ... «CBC.ca, Apr 14»
10
Proposal to end killer-whale shows in California: Will it live or die?
SAN DIEGO -- A bill aimed at ending killer-whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego will get its first test Tuesday in Sacramento. lRelated Proposed ban on orca ... «Los Angeles Times, Apr 14»

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