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Definition of "total" []

  • An amount obtained by addition; a sum. (noun)
  • A whole quantity; an entirety. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or constituting the whole; entire. See Synonyms at whole. (adjective)
  • Complete; utter; absolute: total concentration; a total effort; a total fool. (adjective)
  • To determine the total of; add up. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "total" in a sentence
  • "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: --"
  • "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!!!"
  • "For example: volatile int total; mutex_lock (); total+ = 5; mutex_unlock ();"