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totality

[toh-tal-i-tee] /toʊˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural totalities.
1.
something that is total or constitutes a total; the total amount; a whole.
2.
the state of being total; entirety.
3.
Astronomy, total obscuration in an eclipse.
Origin of totality
1590-1600
1590-1600; total + -ity
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  • As the moment of totality approached, the descent towards darkness was as obvious as a falling stone.

  • As it happened, that very instant was the conclusion of totality.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • Each of the unimportant details assumed significance as contributing to the totality of full-blown charm.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • The totality of a life at any moment is the product mainly of little things.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • Hind found that this was a total eclipse, and that the northern limit of totality passed about 100 miles south of Worms.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for totality

totality

/təʊˈtælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the whole amount
2.
the state of being total
3.
the state or period of an eclipse when light from the eclipsed body is totally obscured
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Word Origin and History for totality
n.

1590s, from total (adj.) + -ity. In the eclipse sense, from 1842.

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