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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
whale
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
bird/whale/royal etc watcher
▪ Fifteen thousand bird watchers visit annually.
▪ Industry-watchers hailed the takeover as a triumph.
humpback whale
killer whale
pilot whale
sperm whale
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
beached
▪ At one point they also passed a beached whale squirming in the desert.
▪ The beached whales are quite obviously very distressed, constantly calling out.
blue
▪ You wouldn't really have thought it to look at her but Linda Reeve and the Great Blue whale had something in common.
▪ More immediate than that, Linda, like the Blue whale, was largish with nice eyes.
▪ They penetrate south to varying degrees, blue and minke whales often appearing well south of the pack ice edge.
▪ Krill are the principal food of the baleen whales, such as the blue whale and minke.
▪ It becomes impossible to add another and to evolve a beast that preys on blue whales, or on lions.
gray
▪ From late December to April, scores of California charter boats search out migrating gray whales for tourists.
▪ Sea World freed three gray whales in 1988 which had been tangled in drift nets.
▪ In 1988 Sea World freed three gray whales that had become tangled in drift nets.
great
▪ You wouldn't really have thought it to look at her but Linda Reeve and the Great Blue whale had something in common.
▪ This question is the great white whale of graduate school finance courses.
▪ Elizabeth: I was the great white whale.
▪ Up to this point Ishmael has told us a good deal about the great sperm whale.
▪ Worldwide, over a million great whales have been killed this century for their oil and meat.
▪ A whale is killed-a great sperm whale.
▪ Meanwhile, the indestructible burial mound would shrug off the tempest like a great, ageless whale.
▪ So, Ishmael argues, if you really wish to know what a great whale looks like you should go whaling.
grey
▪ Trade in the grey whale has been outlawed since 1949 because uncontrolled whaling had put it on the verge of extinction.
large
▪ A large piece of whale blubber, bearing the marks of fleshing knives, has been discovered off west Falkland.
▪ Thankfully, most large whales are now fully protected.
▪ If so, why is it that the largest known fish is smaller than the largest whale?
▪ The much larger killer whales can porpoise only if the surrounding water is laminar, or at most half turbulent.
small
▪ Over 6000 dolphins and small whales were killed on Iki between 1976 and 1982, two thirds of them bottlenose dolphins.
▪ However, many of the smaller whales, such as dolphins, are not.
▪ My first two carvings were produced from this branch: a small whale and an orangutan.
▪ During that time, 24 sets killed 97 dolphins, 11 small whales, and 10 turtles.
toothed
▪ Whales are divided into two main groups, toothed whales and baleen whales.
▪ Several toothed whales, of which only dolphins have been thoroughly studied, have evolved sophisticated echo-sounding equipment in their heads.
▪ Over half the species of toothed whales are dolphins or the closely related porpoises.
▪ The cetaceans are divided into two groups: the baleen whales which have whalebone instead of teeth and the toothed whales.
▪ Echolocation, too, plays an important role in food hunting for dolphins and toothed whales.
▪ Top predators, such as toothed whales and dolphins, can accumulate large quantities in their tissues if they keep eating contaminated prey.
▪ The toothed whales have a set of teeth which they use to grasp large and quick-moving prey, mainly squid or fish.
white
▪ Susan felt like a fat white whale surrounded by sharks.
▪ This question is the great white whale of graduate school finance courses.
▪ Elizabeth: I was the great white whale.
▪ The shorts under his work pants are coal black satin covered with big white whales with red eyes.
▪ A white cat, like an albino human or white whale, has a biochemical quirk.
▪ She lay on the bed like a white, stranded whale.
■ NOUN
humpback
▪ Ken Bradshaw and I were singing songs to one another like a pair of humpback whales.
killer
▪ Nearby is Sea World, the home of sea lions, killer whales and other marine animals which perform before entranced audiences.
▪ The killer whale was in motion, swimming slowly around the raft to take a closer look.
▪ Species such as Risso's dolphin and false killer whales are killed in smaller numbers.
▪ He starts to travel north, but suddenly a killer whale is on his tall.
▪ The altered gene has also been found in mink, cattle-and a single killer whale.
▪ As the ferry nears Vengsøya I talk to Tor about our chances of seeing an orca, a killer whale.
▪ This range includes all dolphins, porpoises, narwhals, pilot and killer whales.
▪ Blake's mathematical models predict that dolphins, killer whales and even some penguins can porpoise.
meat
▪ The three countries are preparing to resume the slaughter of whales for profit and restart the international trade in whale meat.
▪ There are some, Ishmael tells us, who, like Stubb, find whale meat a great delicacy.
▪ Both species are being exploited increasingly as a substitute to whale meat.
▪ No, he Says, let some one else savor the whale meat.
▪ The whales were being killed for sport because the islanders did not require whale meat for survival, she added.
▪ Some, however, continue to end up as whale meat in restaurants.
minke
▪ In fact the Minke whale, the smallest species, has always been hunted with a non-explosive grenade.
▪ They penetrate south to varying degrees, blue and minke whales often appearing well south of the pack ice edge.
▪ The Minke whales, which are numerous, should be culled because they are impeding the recovery of the endangered Blue Whale.
▪ The region is one of the chief feeding grounds of the sperm, baleen and minke whales.
oil
▪ There are, in fact, other powerful reasons for making jojoba a universal substitute for whale oil.
▪ Thus the importance of the whale oil is attested to.
▪ Here he found remains of structures for rendering blubber into whale oil.
pilot
▪ In 1987, 1422 whales were killed, and in 1988, the toll rose to 1690 pilot whales.
▪ Blackfish was what the islanders had named pilot whales.
▪ In 1989 the reported kill figures were 735 pilot whales and 2 rare bottlenose whales.
▪ The stranding had left at least 28 pilot whales dead.
▪ These records show that strandings, especially of pilot whales, have increased over the past 25 years.
▪ Gillian Stacey, organiser of the campaign, claimed that the Faroese needlessly slaughtered 1,500 pilot whales every year.
population
▪ Both countries claimed the proposals would not endanger whale populations.
▪ In part, these acknowledged the continuing difficulty in establishing whale populations.
sperm
▪ It is only the second time this century that a school of sperm whales has been seen in the waters around Orkney.
▪ Up to this point Ishmael has told us a good deal about the great sperm whale.
▪ A whale is killed-a great sperm whale.
▪ Fourth, Ishmael makes it clear that an enraged sperm whale will charge and sink a large sailing vessel like the Pequod.
▪ There he found the skeleton of a whale, a sperm whale, which had become a shrine for the natives.
▪ The sperm whale at Tranque, Ishmael says, was about right for a large-sized whale of this type.
▪ The great herds of sperm whales such as the Pequod encounters are known as schools.
▪ Ishmael ponders the brow of the sperm whale.
■ VERB
catch
▪ We had driven them to the beach, and my leg was caught between two whales.
hunt
▪ Whaling, Reiniger said from his Palo Alto hotel room, radicalized the black sailors, who traveled the world hunting whales.
kill
▪ In fact the Faroese are killing more whales than ever.
▪ Since both his father and brother had been killed by whales, Starbuck had developed a useful attitude toward the whale.
▪ An explosive harpoon is being developed, not only to damage less meat, but to kill whales quickly and humanely.
▪ We first see him as a gentle jolly fellow set against the perilous task of killing whales from a small oar-manned boat.
▪ He is on the ship to kill whales for a living.
save
▪ These measures were more for the maintenance of the industry than to save whales.
▪ Plant protection? Save the gay black whale?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But he forgot his natural talents such as hunting and speaking to other whales.
▪ Echolocation, too, plays an important role in food hunting for dolphins and toothed whales.
▪ In fact the Minke whale, the smallest species, has always been hunted with a non-explosive grenade.
▪ So these particular species of bat or whale are living and working in a sonar world.
▪ The Minke whales, which are numerous, should be culled because they are impeding the recovery of the endangered Blue Whale.
▪ The only trouble was, the whales sank when killed.
▪ There the whales deliberately tilt the floes so that seals slide off into the water and into the jaws of their attackers.
▪ Up to this point Ishmael has told us a good deal about the great sperm whale.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Whale

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, 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.)

  1. 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.

  2. 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, whales. Whale louse (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of degraded amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus Cyamus, especially Cyamus ceti. They are parasitic on various cetaceans. Whale's bone, ivory. [Obs.] Whale shark. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The basking, or liver, shark.

    2. A very large harmless shark ( Rhinodon typicus) native of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet long.

      Whale shot, the name formerly given to spermaceti.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
whale

Old English hwæl "whale," also "walrus," from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz (cognates: Old Saxon hwal, Old Norse hvalr, hvalfiskr, Swedish val, Middle Dutch wal, walvisc, Dutch walvis, Old High German wal, German Wal), from PIE *(s)kwal-o- (cognates: Latin squalus "a kind of large sea fish"). Phrase whale of a "excellent or large example" is c.1900, student slang. Whale-oil attested from mid-15c.

whale

"beat, whip severely," 1790, possibly a variant of wale (v.) "to mark with 'wales' or stripes" (early 15c.), from wale (n.). Related: Whaled; whaling.

whale

"pursue the business of whale-fishing," 1700, from whale (n.). Whale-fishing is attested from 1570s.

Wiktionary
whale

n. Any of several species of large sea mammals of the order Cetace

  1. v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To hunt for whales. 2 (context transitive English) To flog, to beat.

WordNet
whale

v. hunt for whales

whale
  1. n. a very large person; impressive in size or qualities [syn: giant, hulk, heavyweight]

  2. any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head

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Whale (surname)

Whale is an English surname of unclear origin; however, it could be a derivation of Walh, a word generally used by Anglo-Saxon colonists to refer to native Britons, Romans or Celts after the Anglo-Saxon conquest of England. The Avebury stone circle, in Wiltshire, itself was referred to as waledich in the 13th century, a name still in use, as walldich, as late as 1696. Waledich literally means ‘ditch of the wealas’.

According to the 1841 census of England, there are three main pockets of the surname; Avebury in Wiltshire, Southampton in Hampshire, and Dudley, then in Worcestershire.

People with the surname include:

  • George Whale (1842–1910), English locomotive engineer
  • James Whale (1889-1957), English film director, theatre director and actor
  • James Whale (radio) (born 1951), English broadcaster for radio and television
  • Robert R. Whale (1805–1887), English/Canadian painter
Whale (sculpture)

Whale is an outdoor wooden sculpture of a whale, located in Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States.

Whale (song)

"Whale" is a song recorded by the Welsh band Catatonia, as a non-album release on the Rough Trade Records label. It later appeared on the compilation album The Sublime Magic of Catatonia, and was re-recorded for Catatonia's first studio album, Way Beyond Blue.

Whale

Whale is the common name for a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic placental marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the infraorder Cetacea, usually excluding dolphins and porpoises. Whales, dolphins and porpoises belong to the order Cetartiodactyla with even-toed ungulates and their closest living relatives are the hippopotamuses, having diverged about 40 million years ago. The two parvorders of whales, baleen whales (Mysticeti) and toothed whales (Odontoceti), are thought to have split apart around 34 million years ago. The whales comprise eight extant families: Balaenopteridae (the rorquals), Balaenidae (right whales), Cetotheriidae (the pygmy right whale), Eschrichtiidae (the gray whale), Monodontidae (belugas and narwhals), Physeteridae (the sperm whale), Kogiidae (the dwarf and pygmy sperm whale), and Ziphiidae (the beaked whales).

Whales are creatures of the open ocean; they feed, mate, give birth, suckle and raise their young at sea. So extreme is their adaptation to life underwater that they are unable to survive on land. Whales range in size from the and dwarf sperm whale to the and blue whale, which is the largest creature that has ever lived. The sperm whale is the largest toothed predator on earth. Several species exhibit sexual dimorphism, in that the females are larger than males. Baleen whales have no teeth; instead they have plates of baleen, a fringe-like structure used to expel water while retaining the krill and plankton which they feed on. They use their throat pleats to expand the mouth to take in huge gulps of water. Balaenids have heads that can make up 40% of their body mass to take in water. Toothed whales, on the other hand, have conical teeth designed for catching fish or squid. Baleen whales have a well developed sense of "smell", whereas toothed whales have well-developed hearing − their hearing, that is adapted for both air and water, is so well developed that some can survive even if they are blind. Some species, such as sperm whales, are well adapted for diving to great depths to catch squid and other favoured prey.

Whales have evolved from land-living mammals. As such they must breathe air regularly, though they can remain submerged for long periods. They have blowholes (modified nostrils) located on top of their heads, through which air is taken in and expelled in the form of vapour. They are warm-blooded, and have a layer of fat, or blubber, under the skin. With streamlined fusiform bodies and two limbs that are modified into flippers, whales can travel at up to 20 knots, though they are not as flexible or agile as seals. Whales produce a great variety of vocalizations, notably the extended songs of the humpback whale. Although whales are widespread, most species prefer the colder waters of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and migrate to the equator to give birth. Species such as humpbacks and blue whales are capable of travelling thousands of miles without feeding. Males typically mate with multiple females every year, but females only mate every two to three years. Calves are typically born in the spring and summer months and females bear all the responsibility for raising them. Mothers of some species fast and nurse their young for a relatively long period of time.

Once relentlessly hunted for their products, whales are now protected by international law. The North Atlantic right whales nearly became extinct in the twentieth century, with a population low of 450, and the North Pacific gray whale population is ranked Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Besides whaling, they also face threats from bycatch and marine pollution. The meat, blubber and baleen of whales have traditionally been used by indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Whales have been depicted in various cultures worldwide, notably by the Inuit and the coastal peoples of Vietnam and Ghana, who sometimes hold whale funerals. Whales occasionally feature in literature and film, as in the great white whale of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Small whales, such as belugas, are sometimes kept in captivity and trained to perform tricks, but breeding success has been poor and the animals often die within a few months of capture. Whale watching has become a form of tourism around the world.

Whale (band)

Whale was a Swedish alternative rock group in the 1990s.

Whale (disambiguation)

A whale is a sea mammal.

Whale or The Whale may also refer to:

Whale (computer virus)

The Whale virus is a computer virus discovered on July 1, 1990. The file size, at 9,216 bytes, was for its time the largest virus ever discovered. It is known for using several advanced "stealth" methods.

WHALE (Safety Program)

The WHALE Program is a child safety program focused on rescue workers and automobile accidents. W.H.A.L.E. stands for “We Have A Little Emergency.” This car seat safety program was developed by Connie Day, a caregiver from Virginia. In the event of an automobile accident that incapacitates the adult driver and passengers, rescue personnel will have a difficult time identifying children riding in car safety seats. In some situations, these adults may not be related to the child passenger; therefore, conventional means of obtaining information will be useless. In these cases, W.H.A.L.E. can make a significant difference.

Whale (film)

Whale ( / Kit) is a 1970 Bulgarian satirical comedy film directed by Petar B. Vasilev and written by Cheremuhin. The film stars Georgi Kaloyanchev, Dimitar Panov, Georgi Partsalev, Grigor Vachkov and Tsvyatko Nikolov.

This film had one of the most scandalous and at the same time mythological destiny in the history of the Bulgarian cinema. It was filmed in 1967 but didn't released until 1970 when was shown at few small cinema halls as an expurgated by the communist authority edition. Wale satirize the extant defects in the economic and social structure of the state of those years. Moreover the film unambiguous specify the exact carriers of the negative effects. The shooting mark is the bureaucratic pathos at the different ruling levels. The pathos by means of which various data and information are manipulated in the name of non-existing achievements.

In the film was born one of the most popular quotes in the Bulgarian cinema:

Usage examples of "whale".

In the Propontis, as far as I can learn, none of that peculiar substance called brit is to be found, the aliment of the right whale.

When the whale is ill, the ambergris is formed--I suppose you could say it is no more complicated than the process by which phlegm is formed in your throat when you have a cold, and the whale coughs it up, or spews it out in the form of a liquid which hardens on exposure to the air.

Mohammedan travelers speak of ambergris swallowed by whales, who are made sick and regorge it.

There is more plankton on this world than a million times as many baleen whales could ever consume.

Then he felt the whale sinking back, and he saw the baleen close over him.

Sometimes they managed to secure the northern shark, sometimes even the toothed Hunjer whale or the less common Karl whale, which was a four-fluked, baleen whale.

Two weeks ago, some ten to fifteen sleeps ago, by rare fortune, we had managed to harpoon a baleen whale, a bluish, white-spotted blunt fin.

Before we had slept that night, and after Imnak had constructed our shelter, he removed from the supplies several strips of supple baleen, whale bone, taken from the baleen whale, the bluish blunt fin, which we had killed before taking the black Hunjer whale.

Then, out of the corner of his eye, he saw that the whaling hands at the far table were all standing up, drawing cudgels and belaying pins from their belts, grinning to one another.

I had devoted special study to this peculiar formation in the Barrier, and had arrived at the conclusion that the inlet that exists to-day in the Ross Barrier under the name of the Bay of Whales is nothing else than the self-same bight that was observed by Sir James Clark Ross -- no doubt with great changes of outline, but still the same.

It proved that Balloon Bight and another bight had merged to form a great bay, exactly as described by Sir Ernest Shackleton, and named by him the Bay of Whales.

Though their blubber is very thin, some of these whales will yield you upwards of thirty gallons of oil.

Now as the blubber envelopes the whale precisely as the rind does an orange, so is it stripped off from the body precisely as an orange is sometimes stripped by spiralizing it.

A word or two more concerning this matter of the skin or blubber of the whale.

In some previous place I have described to you how the blubber wraps the body of the whale, as the rind wraps an orange.