noun, plural to·tal·i·ties.

something that is total or constitutes a total; the total amount; a whole.
the state of being total; entirety.
Astronomy. total obscuration in an eclipse.

Origin of totality

First recorded in 1590–1600; total + -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for totality

whole, sum, completeness, everything, collectivity

Examples from the Web for totality

Contemporary Examples of totality

Historical Examples of totality

  • As it happened, that very instant was the conclusion of totality.

    The Story of Eclipses

    George Chambers

  • The totality of a life at any moment is the product mainly of little things.

    How to Succeed

    Orison Swett Marden

  • There was a lull in the wind before and after totality, but during the totality the wind was strong.

  • They first appear on the eastern limb at the commencement of totality.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • But it is no longer then of the universe in its totality that we must speak.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

British Dictionary definitions for totality


noun plural -ties

the whole amount
the state of being total
the state or period of an eclipse when light from the eclipsed body is totally obscured
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Word Origin and History for totality

1590s, from total (adj.) + -ity. In the eclipse sense, from 1842.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper