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sum total

n.
1. The total that is obtained by adding up a series of numbers; a sum.
2. The whole amount of something taken into consideration, especially that which cannot be calculated numerically; totality.

[Middle English somme total, ultimately (partly via Anglo-Norman sume total) from Medieval Latin summa tōtālis : Latin summa, sum; see sum + Medieval Latin tōtālis, total; see total.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sum total - the final aggregate; "the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
congeries, conglomeration, aggregate - a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together

sum total

noun
A number or quantity obtained as a result of addition:
Archaic: tale.
Translations
مَجْموع كُلّي، حاصِل الجَمِع
celkový úhrn
totalbeløb
heildarupphæî
genel toplam

sum

(sam) noun
1. the amount or total made by two or more things or numbers added together. The sum of 12, 24, 7 and 11 is 54.
2. a quantity of money. It will cost an enormous sum to repair the swimming pool.
3. a problem in arithmetic. My children are better at sums than I am.
sum total
the complete or final total. The sum total of the damage cannot be calculated.
sum uppast tense, past participle summed verb
to give the main or important points of. He summed up the various proposals.
References in classic literature ?
He belongs to the great array of the unknown - who are great, indeed, by the sum total of the devoted effort put out, and the colossal scale of success attained by their insatiable and steadfast ambition.
And now we shift from this particular process to the sum total of all industrial processes in the United States, which includes the leather itself, raw material, transportation, selling, everything.
The life of a man was to him of far less value than a numeral, especially when, by taking it away, he could increase the sum total of his own desires.
Development of the brain should not be the sum total of human endeavor.
In the sum total of their points, however, the anthropoid had a shade the better of the battle, and had there been no other personal attribute to influence the final outcome, Tarzan of the Apes, the young Lord Greystoke, would have died as he had lived--an unknown savage beast in equatorial Africa.
In an instant's compass, great hearts sometimes condense to one deep pang, the sum total of those shallow pains kindly diffused through feebler men's whole lives.
Let him have the whole five and a quarter," said Don Quixote; "for the sum total of this notable disaster does not stand on a quarter more or less; and make an end of it quickly, Master Pedro, for it's getting on to supper-time, and I have some hints of hunger.
His accession to the throne, or rather his usurpation of the sovereignty, a hundred and seventy-one years before the coming of Christ; his attempt to plunder the temple of Diana at Ephesus; his implacable hostility to the Jews; his pollution of the Holy of Holies; and his miserable death at Taba, after a tumultuous reign of eleven years, are circumstances of a prominent kind, and therefore more generally noticed by the historians of his time than the impious, dastardly, cruel, silly, and whimsical achievements which make up the sum total of his private life and reputation.
His notes contain many Martian tables, and a great volume of scientific data, but since the International Astronomic Society is at present engaged in classifying, investigating, and verifying this vast fund of remarkable and valuable information, I have felt that it will add nothing to the interest of Captain Carter's story or to the sum total of human knowledge to maintain a strict adherence to the original manuscript in these matters, while it might readily confuse the reader and detract from the interest of the history.
He had become an omnivorous reader, and the world of possibilities that were opened to him in this seat of culture and learning fairly appalled him when he contemplated the very infinitesimal crumb of the sum total of human knowledge that a single individual might hope to acquire even after a lifetime of study and research; but he learned what he could by day, and threw himself into a search for relaxation and amusement at night.
But the trifles cost more than one would imagine, and when she cast up her accounts at the end of the month the sum total rather scared her.
Seven hundred a year is a fine thing for a younger brother; and as of course he will still live at home, it will be all for his menus plaisirs; and a sermon at Christmas and Easter, I suppose, will be the sum total of sacrifice.