Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An amount obtained by addition; a sum.
  • n. A whole quantity; an entirety.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or constituting the whole; entire. See Synonyms at whole.
  • adj. Complete; utter; absolute: total concentration; a total effort; a total fool.
  • transitive v. To determine the total of; add up.
  • transitive v. To equal a total of; amount to.
  • transitive v. To wreck completely; demolish: survived the crash but totaled the car.
  • intransitive v. To add up; amount: It totals to three dollars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.
  • n. Sum.
  • adj. Entire; relating to the whole of something.
  • adj. used as an intensifier Complete; absolute.
  • v. To add up; to calculate the sum of.
  • v. To equal a total of; to amount to.
  • v. to demolish; to wreck completely. (from total loss)
  • v. To amount to; to add up to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute
  • n. The whole; the whole sum or amount.
  • transitive v. To bring to a total; also, to reach as a total; to amount to.
  • transitive v. to determine the total of (a set of numbers); to add; -- often used with up.
  • transitive v. To damage beyond repair; -- used especially of vehicles damaged in an accident. From total loss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or constituting a whole or the whole; being or taken together; undivided.
  • Comprising the whole; lacking no member or part; complete; entire.
  • Complete in degree; absolute; unqualified; utter: as, a total change; total darkness.
  • Summary; concise; curt.
  • Syn. 1–3. Whole, Entire, etc. See complete.
  • n. The whole; the whole sum or amount; an aggregate.
  • To bring to a total; accumulate; sum; add: sometimes with up.
  • To reach a total of; amount to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. complete in extent or degree and in every particular
  • v. add up in number or quantity
  • v. determine the sum of
  • n. a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
  • n. the whole amount
  • adj. constituting the full quantity or extent; complete
  • v. damage beyond the point of repair

Etymologies

Middle English, whole, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from Latin tōtus; see teutā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English total, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from tōtus ("all, whole, entire"), of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Oscan 𐌕𐌏𐌖𐌕𐌏 (touto, "community, city-state"), Umbrian 𐌕𐌏𐌕𐌀𐌌 (totam, "tribe", acc.), Old English þēod ("a nation, people, tribe"), from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂ (“people”). More at thede, Dutch. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For the purpose of determining the total quantity of sulphur which the plants contain in their natural state, it is necessary to oxidise them by means of nitric acid; and from such experiments the following table, showing the _total_ amount of sulphur contained in 100 parts of different plants, dried at 212°, has been constructed: --

    Elements of Agricultural Chemistry

  • Here and there a brief remark was appended to a date, usually no more than a single word: “double” occurring perhaps six times in a total of several hundred entries; and once very early in the list and followed by several marks of exclamation, “total failure!!!

    Dr

  • For example: volatile int total; mutex_lock (); total+ = 5; mutex_unlock ();

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  • What this means for the solar, fuel cell, and other alternative energy players is that in order for them to be economically viable, is not only do they have to be competitive on a total cost basis, alternative energy companies '* total* costs have to be competitive with fossil fuel companies'

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  • i have a family member that is a Teamster…… his entire family received/receives total healthcare benefits…..total dental, medical, hospitalization .

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  • A protracted conflict, deserving in certain ways the label total war, it produced a global struggle between two powerful coalitions.

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  • The Redskins reached the midway point of their first season under Mike Shanahan at 4-4 - matching their win total from a year ago but knowing they might have won each of the games they lost.

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  • The funds considered in this category follow indexes that include developed market and emerging market securities, thus the term total international market.

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  • Minnesota (2-0) has doubled its win total from a year ago when the Gophers finished 1-11 in coach Tim Brewster's first season.

    USATODAY.com

  • Six games into what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, Atlanta (4-2) already has matched its win total from a forgettable 2007 season.

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