to·​tal·​i·​ty tō-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce totality (audio)
plural totalities
: an aggregate amount : sum, whole
: the quality or state of being total : wholeness
: the phase of an eclipse during which it is total : state of total eclipse

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
Recent Examples on the Web At the instant of totality, planetary motion as described by Newton and Kepler is not a matter only for scientists and our imaginations. John Penner, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Parts of Canada, the United States and Mexico fall in the path of totality, with cities such as Buffalo, Cleveland and Dallas expecting large crowds of tourists. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Since the path of totality will stretch over 100 miles across Arkansas, there are viewing parties and events all over the Natural State. Melissa Locker, TIME, 6 Apr. 2024 The track of the moon's shadow across Earth's surface is called the path of totality. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 6 Apr. 2024 The April 8 total solar eclipse is now mere days away, and many Americans are packing their bags and setting out for the path of totality. Eric Henderson, CBS News, 6 Apr. 2024 Residents in the country’s eastern half will see the best of the eclipse as the path of totality enters the U.S. in Texas and takes a northeast path through Appalachia and into the northeast U.S. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 6 Apr. 2024 Airbnb listings along the U.S. path of totality, or the narrow strip stretching from Texas to Maine from where people will be able to view the sun's corona, have seen occupancy levels skyrocket to nearly 90%, the vacation rental firm said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2024 Partial coverage and first contact will begin at 12:31 p.m., and Parks advised not looking directly at the sun without glasses, except for the moment of totality. Sadie Lacicero,, 6 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of totality was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Totality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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to·​tal·​i·​ty tō-ˈtal-ət-ē How to pronounce totality (audio)
plural totalities
: a combined amount : sum, whole
: the quality or state of being total : entirety
rejected the scheme in its totality

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