whale Definition

any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, especially as distinguished from the smaller dolphins and porpoises, having a fishlike body, forelimbs modified into flippers, and a head that is horizontally flattened.

Using whale: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "whale" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The blue whale is the largest animal on earth.

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    Whales are known for their songs that can travel long distances.

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    The whaling industry has been banned in many countries.

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    We went on a whale watching tour and saw several humpback whales.

whale Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for whale

Phrases with whale

  • a rare or elusive object or goal


    Finding the perfect job has become my white whale.

  • to have a great time


    We had a whale of a time at the amusement park.

  • to be a whale of a (something)

    to be very large or impressive


    The new skyscraper is a whale of a building.


Summary: whale in Brief

A 'whale' [hweyl] is a large marine mammal with a fishlike body, flippers, and a horizontally flattened head. It belongs to the order Cetacea and is distinguished from smaller dolphins and porpoises. 'Whale' is often associated with their size, songs, and the whaling industry. Phrases like 'white whale' and 'to have a whale of a time' extend its meaning to rare goals and enjoyable experiences.

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