Quantum vs Total - What's the difference?

quantum | total |

As nouns the difference between quantum and total

is that quantum is 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.



  • * Burke
  • without authenticating the quantum of the charges
  • * 1749 , (Henry Fielding), Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 416:
  • The reader will perhaps be curious to know the quantum of this present, but we cannot satisfy his curiosity.
  • *1997 , (Kiran Nagarkar), Cuckold , HarperCollins 2013, p. 375:
  • *:Otherwise I will have given the lie to my maxim that whether you work eight or twenty hours, the quantum of work that gets done on a normal day is the same.
  • * 2008 , The Times of India , 21 May 2008, [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/India_Business/Fuel_price_hike_put_off_over_quantum/articleshow/3087364.cms]:
  • The Congress's core ministerial panel on Friday gave its green signal to raising motor fuel prices but the quantum of increase emerged as a hitch.
  • The amount or quantity observably present, or available.
  • *1979 , , Smiley's People , Folio Society 2010, p. 96:
  • *:Each man has only a quantum of compassion, he argued, and mine is used up for the day.
  • * 1999 , Joyce Crick, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams , Oxford 2008, p. 34:
  • The dream of flying, according to Strümpell, is the appropriate image used by the psyche to interpret the quantum of stimulus proceeding from the rise and fall of the lungs when the cutaneous sensation of the thorax has simultaneously sunk into unconsciousness.
  • (physics) The smallest possible, and therefore indivisible, unit of a given quantity or quantifiable phenomenon.
  • * 2002 , David C Cassidy et al., Understanding Physics , Birkhauser 2002, p. 602:
  • The quantum of light energy was later called a photon .
  • (math) A definite portion of a manifoldness, limited by a mark or by a boundary.
  • (William Kingdon Clifford)


  • Of a change, sudden or discrete, without intermediate stages.
  • (informal) Of a change, significant.
  • (physics) Involving quanta.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Michael Riordan , title=Tackling Infinity , volume=100, issue=1, page=86 , magazine= citation , passage=Some of the most beautiful and thus appealing physical theories, including quantum' electrodynamics and ' quantum gravity, have been dogged for decades by infinities that erupt when theorists try to prod their calculations into new domains. Getting rid of these nagging infinities has probably occupied far more effort than was spent in originating the theories.}}
  • (computing theory) Relating to a quantum computer.
  • Derived terms

    * quantum algorithm * quantum bit * quantum bogodynamics * quantum brain dynamics * quantum calculus * quantum cascade laser * quantum channel * quantum chaos * quantum chemistry * quantum chromodynamics * quantum circuit * quantum computer * quantum computing * quantum cryptography * quantum darwinism * quantum decoherence * quantum degeneracy * quantum dense coding * quantum dot * quantum effect device * quantum efficiency * quantum electrochemistry * quantum electrodynamics * quantum electronics * quantum entanglement * quantum field theory * quantum fingerprinting * quantum flavordynamics * quantum fluctuation * quantum gate * quantum gauge theory * quantum geometry * quantum gravity * quantum group * quantum gyroscope * quantum Hall effect * quantum harmonic oscillator * quantum heterostructure * quantum history * quantum hydrodynamics * quantum immortality * quantum indeterminacy * quantum inequality * quantum information * quantum jump * quantum leap * quantum level * quantum libet * quantum limit * quantum link * quantum mechanics * quantum network * quantum neural network * quantum number * quantum ontology * quantum operation * quantum optics * quantum phase transition * quantum physics * quantum programming * quantum psychology * quantum randomness * quantum register * quantum scalar field * quantum solvent * quantum sort * quantum state * quantum statistical mechanics * quantum suicide * quantum superposition * quantum teleportation * quantum theory * quantum tomography * quantum valebant * quantum vibration * quantum virtual machine * quantum waveform generator * quantum well * quantum wire * quantum yield * quantum Zeno effect



    Alternative forms

    * totall (obsolete)


    (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.

    See also

    * 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


    (en adjective)
  • Entire; relating to the whole of something.
  • :
  • *
  • *: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.
  • :
  • Synonyms

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

    Derived terms

    * total war


  • 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.


    * (add up) add up, sum * (demolish) demolish, trash, wreck


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