Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. All matter and energy, including the earth, the galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space, regarded as a whole.
  • n. The earth together with all its inhabitants and created things.
  • n. The human race.
  • n. The sphere or realm in which something exists or takes place.
  • n. Logic See universe of discourse.
  • n. Statistics See population.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos, including time and space itself; same as the Universe.
  • n. An entity similar to our Universe; one component of a larger entity known as the multiverse.
  • n. Everything under consideration.
  • n. An imaginary collection of worlds.
  • n. Intense form of world in the sense of perspective or social setting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. All created things viewed as constituting one system or whole; the whole body of things, or of phenomena; the to~ pa^n of the Greeks, the mundus of the Latins; the world; creation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The totality of existing things; all that is in dynamical connection with general experience taken collectively—embracing the Creator and creation; or psychical and material objects, but excluding the Creator; or material objects only.
  • n. The whole world; all mankind; all that meets us in experience, in a loose sense.
  • n. In logic, the collection of all the objects to which any discourse refers: as, the universe of things.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. everything that exists anywhere
  • n. (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn
  • n. everything stated or assumed in a given discussion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French univers, from Latin ūniversum, from neuter of ūniversus, whole : ūnus, one; + versus, past participle of vertere, to turn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French univers, from Latin universum ("all things, as a whole, the universe"), neuter of universus ("all together, whole, entire, collective, general, literally turned or combined into one"), from uni-, combining form of unus ("one") + versus ("turned"), perfect passive participle of verto ("I turn").

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  • universe is a mystery

    February 9, 2010

  • There is this book about how English is really based on Biblical Hebrew starting in the garden of Eden, The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals The Hebrew Source of English (Paperback). It might interest some of us here. As far as I can tell without having read it, it is complete crap.

    January 7, 2009

  • Kent Hovind once claimed that this word means "single spoken sentence" as "proof" of a Biblical creation. I guess after mangling all known fields of science, he decided to tackle etymology.

    January 4, 2009

  • "In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time."

    --Edward P. Tryon

    September 26, 2007