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total Idioms & Phrases

Angle of total reflection

  • . (Opt.) Same as Critical angle, under Critical.
Webster 1913

grand total

  • noun the sum of the sums of several groups of numbers

sum total

  • noun the final aggregate
    summation; sum.
    • the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered

Total abstinence

  • . See Abstinence, n., 1.
Webster 1913

total aphasia

  • noun loss of all ability to communicate
    global aphasia.

total darkness

  • noun total absence of light
    black; lightlessness; pitch blackness; blackness.
    • they fumbled around in total darkness
    • in the black of night

Total depravity

  • noun the Calvinist doctrine that everyone is born in a state of corruption as a result of original sin
  • . (Theol.) See Original sin, under Original.
Webster 1913

total eclipse

  • noun an eclipse as seen from a place where the eclipsed body is completely obscured

total heat

  • noun (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity equal to the internal energy of a system plus the product of its volume and pressure
    H; heat content; enthalpy.
    • enthalpy is the amount of energy in a system capable of doing mechanical work

total hysterectomy

  • noun surgical removal of the uterus and cervix

total parenteral nutrition

  • noun administration of a nutritionally adequate solution through a catheter into the vena cava; used in cases of long-term coma or severe burns or severe gastrointestinal syndromes
    TPN; hyperalimentation.