Meaning of TOTAL in English


I. ˈtōd. ə l, ˈtōt ə l adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin totalis, from Latin totus whole, entire + -alis -al

1. : of or relating to something in its entirety

the total effect of a room

the writing is … unified by a simple total vision of the writer — William Barrett


a. : viewed as an entity : complete in all details : overall , whole

culture … is the total spiritual product of any given time and place — Modern Music

the total university, with its galaxy of graduate and professional schools — N.M.Pusey

after the introduction of gunpowder … total armor had gradually fallen into disuse — New Yorker

b. : constituting an entire number or amount : aggregate

total cost

total value

total extant manuscripts … are of considerable number — I.M.Price

total spending should be large enough to employ everyone who wants to work — George Soule


a. : unqualified in extent or degree : absolute , utter

total darkness

a total stranger

the total abolition of poverty … is at the present moment technically possible — Bertrand Russell

lines, characterized by total simplicity, are by far the hardest to put into another language — Wallace Fowlie

b. : having dictatorial powers : omnipotent , totalitarian

the liberal state acknowledged many limitations in its demands upon men; the total state acknowledges none — A.M.Schlesinger b. 1917

c. : unlimited in character : concentrating all available personnel and resources on a single objective : all-out , thoroughgoing

the nature of total war has erased the distinction between combatants and civilians — J.N.Moody

urges a bold effort at making a total peace — Atlantic

Synonyms: see whole

II. noun

( -s )


a. : a result of addition : aggregate , sum

column total

cumulative total

a total of 319 students registered for summer school

when the final totals were compiled they would show dollar volume close to … the all-time high — S.C.Pace

b. : a summation of factors : final result

deviations from a total of zero cause the crane carriage to move forward or backward — T.W.Rodes

2. : an entire quantity or configuration : amount , whole

a staggering total of devastation and destruction — T.F.Mueller

word-complexes that cannot be reconstructed unit by unit, but only as totals — John Ciardi

Synonyms: see sum

- in total

III. adverb

: totally

now is he total gules, horridly tricked with blood — Shakespeare

IV. verb

( totaled or totalled ; totaled or totalled ; totaling or totalling ; totals )

transitive verb

1. : to add up : compute

these figures were arrived at by totaling all entries — H.J.Hanham

total the sensuous possibilities latent in silk, linen, wool, leather, and furs — Hunter Mead

2. : to come to a total of : amount to : number

in July of this year consumer credit totaled roughly $27 billion — World

jute mills … total about a hundred — Walter Bally

professing Christians totaled less than one percent of the population — K.S.Latourette

intransitive verb

: to compute a total : add

this adding machine totals to 999,999.99

V. transitive verb

: to make a total wreck of (as a vehicle) : damage so badly that the cost of repairs exceeds the market value of the vehicle : demolish

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.