From there, some very smart people, like Richard Feynman, deduced what is known as the sum over histories.
But in sum, their innovations in 2010 will define the technological, scientific, and social milieu of the decade.
This is masses of humanity working together, greater than the sum of its parts.
In its heyday, the miracle of AMC was always greater than the sum of its parts.
Dr. Schafer sends $400 a month to Sallie Mae, a sum that will rise.
To aggregate is to collect into a flock; to collect into a mass or sum.
When you solve a sum you go from "a" to "b" and from "b" to "c" and from "c" to "d" and so on.
The check you gave him was never paid, not even the sum for which you wrote it.
He gives his ambassador a sum on which a private gentleman can live, and no more.
The absolute is the sum total of all that was, is, and will be.
late 13c., "quantity or amount of money," from Anglo-French and Old French summe (13c.), from Latin summa "total number, whole, essence, gist," noun use of fem. of summus "highest," from PIE *sup-mos-, from root *uper "over" (see super-).
The sense development from "highest" to "total number" is probably via the Roman custom of adding up a stack of figures from the bottom and writing the sum at the top, rather than at the bottom as we do now (cf. the bottom line). Meaning "total number of anything" is recorded from late 14c. Meaning "essence of a writing or speech" also is attested from late 14c. The verb is attested from c.1300; meaning "briefly state the substance of" (now usually with up) is first recorded 1620s. Sum-total is attested from late 14c., from Medieval Latin summa totalis.