Re total


constituting or comprising the whole; entire; whole: the total expenditure.
of or pertaining to the whole of something: the total effect of a play.
complete in extent or degree; absolute; unqualified; utter: a total failure.
involving all aspects, elements, participants, resources, etc.; unqualified; all-out: total war.
the total amount; sum; aggregate: a total of $200.
the whole; an entirety: the impressive total of Mozart's achievement.
verb (used with object), totaled, totaling or (especially British) totalled, totalling.
to bring to a total; add up.
to reach a total of; amount to.
Slang. to wreck or demolish completely: He totaled his new car in the accident.
verb (used without object), totaled, totaling or (especially British) totalled, totalling.
to amount (often followed by to ).

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin tōtālis, equivalent to Latin tōt(us) entire + -ālis -al1

quasi-total, adjective
quasi-totally, adverb
retotal, verb (used with object), retotaled, retotaling or (especially British) retotalled, retotalling, noun
supertotal, noun
untotaled, adjective
untotalled, adjective

1. complete. 5, 6. gross, totality. 6. See whole. Unabridged
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total (ˈtəʊtəl)
1.  the whole, esp regarded as the complete sum of a number of parts
2.  complete; absolute: the evening was a total failure; a total eclipse
3.  (prenominal) being or related to a total: the total number of passengers
vb (when intr, sometimes foll by to) , -tals, -talling, -talled, -tals, -taling, -taled
4.  to amount: to total six pounds
5.  (tr) to add up: to total a list of prices
6.  slang (tr) to kill or badly injure (someone)
7.  chiefly (US) (tr) to damage (a vehicle) beyond repair
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from Latin tōtus all]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. total, from M.L. totalis "entire, total" (as in summa totalis "sum total"), from L. totus "all, whole, entire," of unknown origin. The noun is 1557, from the adj.; the verb is 1716, from the noun; meaning "to destroy one's car" first recorded 1954. Totality is from 1598; in the
eclipse sense, 1842. Total war is attested from 1937, in ref. to a concept developed in Germany.
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