# Expanse vs Total - What's the difference?

expanse | total |

## As nouns the difference between expanse and total

is that expanse is a wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land while total is an amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.

## As an adjective total is

entire; relating to the whole of something.

## As a verb total is

to add up; to calculate the sum of.

# expanse

## English

### Noun

(en noun)
• A wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land.
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• An amount of spread or stretch.
• # total

## English

### Alternative forms

* totall (obsolete)

### Noun

(en noun)
• An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.
• A total of £145 was raised by the bring-and-buy stall.
• (informal, mathematics) Sum.
• The total of 4, 5 and 6 is 15.

* addition, summation: (augend) + (addend) = (summand) + (summand) = (sum, total) * subtraction: (minuend) ? (subtrahend) = (difference) * multiplication: (multiplier) × (multiplicand) = (factor) × (factor) = (product) * division: (dividend) ÷ (divisor) = (quotient), remainder left over if divisor does not divide dividend

* (sum) sum

#### Derived terms

* subtotal

• Entire; relating to the whole of something.
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• *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
• *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
• , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
• ((used as an intensifier)) Complete; absolute.
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• #### Synonyms

* (entire) entire, full, whole * (complete) absolute, complete, utter; see also

* total war

### Verb

• To add up; to calculate the sum of.
• When we totalled the takings, we always got a different figure.
• To equal a total of; to amount to.
• That totals seven times so far.
• (transitive, US, slang) to demolish; to wreck completely. (from total loss)
• Honey, I’m OK, but I’ve totaled the car.
• To amount to; to add up to.
• It totals nearly a pound.