This very word is now a trademark for a processed cereal. Gee, wouldn't it be nice to "COIN" a word, then trademark it...OH...the joy of FREE Enterprise! LOL!!!

In math, the sum of the parts, added or multplied.Also implies completeness. Finished. Done. Example: The total number of points SMEDLAP Central scored against PALDEMS Regional set a record for the State basketball championship. TOTAL can also imply ALL THAT CAN BE FOUND, PUT TOGETHER. To label something (like an effort to deceive...) a TOTAL fraud would be to imply there is NO redeeming quality to be spoken of or found. A TOTAL failure? No recovery possible. TOTAL loss - the explosion "smithereened, pulverized to dust" the rock that had fallen into the highway cut through the mountains...