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
Middle English, from Old French univers, from Latin ūniversum, from neuter of ūniversus, whole : ūnus, one; + versus, past participle of vertere, to turn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)