totality

noun
to·​tal·​i·​ty | \tō-ˈta-lə-tē \
plural totalities

Definition of totality 

1 : an aggregate amount : sum, whole

2a : the quality or state of being total : wholeness

b : the phase of an eclipse during which it is total : state of total eclipse

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Examples of totality in a Sentence

the totality of human knowledge the totality of the stars in the universe can only be loosely guessed at

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But focusing solely on SoftBank misses the totality of the Saudis’ under-the-radar investments that still come from the same oil money machine. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 Patients should be able to control their own medical information, participate in their own care and be assured the totality of their health-care data is available to all of the physicians who care for them. WSJ, "Enable Medical-Monitoring APPs Via Law," 25 Sep. 2018 Stiff drinks This massive analysis had some notable advantages over earlier work that tried to glimpse the totality of alcohol’s effect. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There’s no risk-free amount of alcohol, population-level study finds," 27 Aug. 2018 The totality will be visible from 9:30 p.m. and end 11:13 p.m. local time in Zimbabwe on July 27. Gabby Raymond, Time, "These Are the Best Places to See the Lunar Eclipse on July 27," 10 July 2018 The totality will start at 10:30 p.m. local time and end 12:30 a.m. on July 27. Gabby Raymond, Time, "These Are the Best Places to See the Lunar Eclipse on July 27," 10 July 2018 The July 27 eclipse will be visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes when the moon is fully engulfed in Earth’s shadow — a period known as totality. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 The totality of our obsession with the British monarchy won’t come into full view until television viewership totals are released by Nielsen later this weekend. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "For a moment, Americans are more curious about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry than they are about Donald Trump," 19 May 2018 The period of totality during this eclipse will last for 1 hour and 2 minutes. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of totality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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totality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of totality

: the whole or entire amount of something

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