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Meaning of WHALE

Pronunciation:  weyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
  2. [n]  a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
  3. [v]  hunt for whales

WHALE is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: giant, heavyweight, hulk
 See Also: baleen whale, blower, cetacean, cetacean mammal, hunt, hunt down, large person, Monodon monoceros, narwal, narwhal, narwhale, run, spouter, toothed whale, track down, whalebone whale



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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, some of which become nearly one hundred
feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and
baleen, or whalebone.

Note: The existing whales are divided into two groups: the
      toothed whales ({Odontocete}), including those that
      have teeth, as the cachalot, or sperm whale (see {Sperm
      whale}); and the baleen, or whalebone, whales
      ({Mysticete}), comprising those that are destitute of
      teeth, but have plates of baleen hanging from the upper
      jaw, as the right whales. The most important species of
      whalebone whales are the bowhead, or Greenland, whale
      (see Illust. of {Right whale}), the Biscay whale, the
      Antarctic whale, the gray whale (see under {Gray}), the
      humpback, the finback, and the rorqual.

{Whale bird}. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels
    which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and
    floating oil; especially, {Prion turtur} (called also
    {blue petrel}), and {Pseudoprion desolatus}.
(b) The turnstone; -- so called because it lives on the
    carcasses of whales. [Canada]

{Whale fin} (Com.), whalebone. --Simmonds.

{Whale fishery}, the fishing for, or occupation of taking,

{Whale louse} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
   degraded amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus
   {Cyamus}, especially {C. ceti}. They are parasitic on
   various cetaceans.

{Whale's bone}, ivory. [Obs.]

{Whale shark}. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The basking, or liver, shark.
(b) A very large harmless shark ({Rhinodon typicus}) native
    of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet

{Whale shot}, the name formerly given to spermaceti.

{Whale's tongue} (Zo["o]l.), a balanoglossus.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a whale in your dream, represents your intuition and awareness. You are in tuned to your sense of spirituality. Alternatively, it indicates a relationship or business project that is too enormous to handle.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The Hebrew word _tan_ (plural, tannin) is so rendered in Job 7:12 (A.V.; but R.V., "sea-monster"). It is rendered by "dragons" in Deut. 32:33; Ps. 91:13; Jer. 51:34; Ps. 74:13 (marg., "whales;" and marg. of R.V., "sea-monsters"); Isa. 27:1; and "serpent" in Ex. 7:9 (R.V. marg., "any large reptile," and so in ver. 10, 12). The words of Job (7:12), uttered in bitter irony, where he asks, "Am I a sea or a whale?" simply mean, "Have I a wild, untamable nature, like the waves of the sea, which must be confined and held within bounds, that they cannot pass?" "The serpent of the sea, which was but the wild, stormy sea itself, wound itself around the land, and threatened to swallow it up...Job inquires if he must be watched and plagued like this monster, lest he throw the world into disorder" (Davidson's Job).

The whale tribe are included under the general Hebrew name _tannin_ (Gen. 1:21; Lam. 4:3). "Even the sea-monsters [tanninim] draw out the breast." The whale brings forth its young alive, and suckles them.

It is to be noticed of the story of Jonah's being "three days and three nights in the whale's belly," as recorded in Matt. 12:40, that here the Gr. ketos means properly any kind of sea-monster of the shark or the whale tribe, and that in the book of Jonah (1:17) it is only said that "a great fish" was prepared to swallow Jonah. This fish may have been, therefore, some great shark. The white shark is known to frequent the Mediterranean Sea, and is sometimes found 30 feet in length.