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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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 Such conduct includes investigative or prosecutorial efforts that appear, under the totality of the circumstances, to be motivated by corruption, bias or entrapment. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," 22 June 2018 Those were the totality of the Cavs' scores in overtime. Joe Vardon,, "Cavaliers have NBA's eyes wide open after 113-112 OT win over Raptors in Game 1," 2 May 2018 There are far more issues that American voters care about than these, and the above statements are not the totality of Winfrey's positions. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "What we know about where Oprah Winfrey stands on policy issues," 9 Jan. 2018 Byard said that the public must take the totality of the circumstances into consideration. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 Sitting in the NHL Network trailer Sunday afternoon, the former players Mike Rupp and Kevin Weekes, now analysts, assessed the totality of Ovechkin’s career. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "In the Stanley Cup Finals, Alex Ovechkin’s Legacy Continues to Evolve," 29 May 2018 Valeria Merino/Courier-Journal/USA TODAY Network The path of totality from Monday's solar eclipse will cross 14 states, including southwestern Kentucky. Terry Lipshetz, The Courier-Journal, "You should be able to see the solar eclipse just about anywhere in the U.S. Here's how to check," 17 Aug. 2017 In southern Africa and the Middle East, for example, totality will occur at or around midnight local time. 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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in its/their totality

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The first known use of totality was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of totality

: the whole or entire amount of something

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one that holds something together

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