Total vs. Overall - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Overall

    An overall, also called overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, or dungarees, is a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working. Some people call an overall a "pair of overalls" by analogy with "pair of trousers". Overalls were originally made of denim (cotton), but they can also be made of corduroy and khaki. Overalls were invented in the 1890s by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis (Levi Strauss & Co.), but they went through an evolution to reach their modern form. Initially only used for protective clothing in work settings, they have become a garment of high fashion as "potential cult items"

Wiktionary

  • Total (noun)

    An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.

    "A total of £145 was raised by the bring-and-buy stall."

  • Total (noun)

    Sum.

    "The total of 4, 5 and 6 is 15."

  • Total (adjective)

    Entire; relating to the whole of something.

    "The total book is rubbish from start to finish."

    "The total number of votes cast is 3,270."

  • Total (adjective)

    (used as an intensifier) Complete; absolute.

    "He is a total failure."

  • Total (verb)

    To add up; to calculate the sum of.

    "When we totalled the takings, we always got a different figure."

  • Total (verb)

    To equal a total of; to amount to.

    "That totals seven times so far."

  • Total (verb)

    to demolish; to wreck completely. (from total loss)

    "Honey, I’m OK, but I’ve totaled the car."

  • Total (verb)

    To amount to; to add up to.

    "It totals nearly a pound."

  • Overall (adjective)

    All-encompassing, all around.

  • Overall (adverb)

    Generally; with everything considered.

  • Overall (noun)

    A garment worn over other clothing to protect it; a coverall or boiler suit. A garment, for manual labor or for casual wear, often made of a single piece of fabric, with long legs and a bib upper, supported from the shoulders with straps, and having several large pockets and loops for carrying tools.

  • Overall (noun)

    A garment, worn for manual labor, with an integral covering extending to the chest, supported by straps.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Total (adjective)

    comprising the whole number or amount

    "a total cost of £4,000"

  • Total (adjective)

    complete; absolute

    "a total stranger"

    "it is a matter of total indifference to me"

  • Total (noun)

    the whole number or amount of something

    "in total, 200 people were interviewed"

    "he scored a total of thirty-three points"

  • Total (verb)

    amount in number to

    "they were left with debts totalling £6,260"

  • Total (verb)

    add up the full number or amount of

    "the scores were totalled"

  • Total (verb)

    damage (something, typically a vehicle) beyond repair; wreck

    "he almost totalled the car"

  • Overall (adjective)

    taking everything into account

    "the governors and head have overall responsibility for managing the school"

    "the overall effect is impressive"

  • Overall (adverb)

    taken as a whole; in all

    "overall, 10,000 jobs will go"

  • Overall (noun)

    a loose-fitting coat or one-piece garment worn over ordinary clothes for protection against dirt or heavy wear

    "a pair of overalls"

    "men in grubby blue overalls"

  • Overall (noun)

    close-fitting trousers formerly worn as part of an army uniform, now only on ceremonial or formal occasions.

  • Overall (noun)

    dungarees.

Webster Dictionary

  • Total (adjective)

    Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute; as, a total departure from the evidence; a total loss.

  • Total (noun)

    The whole; the whole sum or amount; as, these sums added make the grand total of five millions.

  • Total

    To bring to a total; also, to reach as a total; to amount to.

  • Total

    to determine the total of (a set of numbers); to add; - often used with up; as, to total up the bill.

  • Total

    To damage beyond repair; - used especially of vehicles damaged in an accident; as, he skid on an ice patch and totaled his Mercedes against a tree. From total loss.

  • Overall (adverb)

    Everywhere.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Total (noun)

    the whole amount

  • Total (noun)

    a quantity obtained by addition

  • Total (verb)

    add up in number or quantity;

    "The bills amounted to $2,000"

    "The bill came to $2,000"

  • Total (verb)

    determine the sum of;

    "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"

  • Total (adjective)

    constituting the full quantity or extent; complete;

    "an entire town devastated by an earthquake"

    "gave full attention"

    "a total failure"

  • Total (adjective)

    including everything;

    "the overall cost"

    "the total amount owed"

  • Total (adjective)

    without conditions or limitations;

    "a total ban"

  • Total (adjective)

    complete in extent or degree and in every particular;

    "a full game"

    "a total eclipse"

    "a total disaster"

  • Overall (noun)

    work clothing consisting of denim trousers (usually with a bib and shoulder straps)

  • Overall (noun)

    a loose protective coverall or smock worn over ordinary clothing for dirty work

  • Overall (adjective)

    involving only main features;

    "the overall pattern of his life"

  • Overall (adjective)

    including everything;

    "the overall cost"

    "the total amount owed"

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