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1. Mathematics
a. An amount obtained as a result of adding numbers.
b. An arithmetic problem: a child good at sums.
2. The whole amount, quantity, or number; an aggregate: the sum of the team's combined experience.
3. An amount of money: paid an enormous sum.
4. A summary: my view of the world, in sum.
5. The central idea or point; the gist.
tr.v. summed, sum·ming, sums
1. Mathematics To add.
2. To give a summary of; summarize.
Phrasal Verb:
sum up
1. To present the substance of (material) in a condensed form; summarize: sum up the day's news; concluded the lecture by summing up.
2. To describe or assess concisely: an epithet that sums up my feelings.

[Middle English summe, from Old French, from Latin summa, from feminine of summus, highest; see uper in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
(Mathematics) another name (esp formerly) for number work
References in classic literature ?
Figures are, however, more eloquent than words, and here is the official statement of the sums which were paid in to the credit of the Gun Club at the close of the subscription.
Failing to raise these sums, at these times, he was a ruined man.
If it should turn out that these suspicions are correct, and he has embezzled large sums, he must lie on his bed as he has made it.
I do not remember how I got the money to buy them; to be sure it was no great sum; but it must have been given me out of the sums we were all working so hard to make up for the debt, and the interest on the debt (that is always the wicked pinch for the debtor
Fouquet not only pays what he does not owe, but that he does not even take care of vouchers for the sums that he has paid.
He pretended to know of an immense treasure, and offered vast sums to the government if they would liberate him.
The betting-books were covered with entries of immense sums, as though the Epsom races were at stake.
The consequence is that he permits the bashaws or governors of provinces to pillage the people without mercy; and, in turn, squeezes out of them the sums of which he stands in need, to satisfy his own exigencies and those of the state.
Here the speaker sat down in his place, And directed the Judge to refer to his notes And briefly to sum up the case.
At what sum do you estimate this bank's proportion of the country's loss by me?
He had fixed on that number because forty-three was the sum of his and Sonya's joint ages.
AN OLD WOMAN having lost the use of her eyes, called in a Physician to heal them, and made this bargain with him in the presence of witnesses: that if he should cure her blindness, he should receive from her a sum of money; but if her infirmity remained, she should give him nothing.