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definition of the word sum

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Middle English summe, from Old French, from Latin summa, feminine of summus, highest

Singular
sum

Plural
sums

sum (plural sums)

  1. (arithmetic) A quantity obtained by addition or aggregation.
    The sum of 3 and 4 is 7.
  2. (arithmetic) An arithmetic computation, especially one posed to a student as an exercise (not necessarily limited to addition.)
  3. A quantity of money.
  4. A summary.
  5. A central idea or point.
  6. The utmost degree.
  7. (obsolete) An old English measure of corn equal to the quarter.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, page 207:
      The sum is also used for the quarter, and the strike for the bushel.


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