American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The earth.
- n. The universe.
- n. The earth with its inhabitants.
- n. The inhabitants of the earth; the human race.
- n. Humankind considered as social beings; human society: turned her back on the world.
- n. People as a whole; the public: The event amazed the world.
- n. A specified part of the earth: the Western World.
- n. A part of the earth and its inhabitants as known at a given period in history: the ancient world.
- n. A realm or domain: the animal world; the world of imagination.
- n. A sphere of human activity or interest: the world of sports.
- n. A class or group of people with common characteristics or pursuits: the scientific world.
- n. A particular way of life: the world of the homeless.
- n. All that relates to or affects the life of a person: He saw his world collapse about him.
- n. Secular life and its concerns: a man of the world.
- n. Human existence; life: brought a child into the world.
- n. A state of existence: the next world.
- n. A large amount; much. Often used in the plural: did her a world of good; candidates that are worlds apart on foreign policy.
- n. A celestial body such as a planet: the possibility of life on other worlds.
- adj. Of or relating to the world: a world champion.
- adj. Involving or extending throughout the entire world: a world crisis.
- idiom. for all the world In all respects; precisely: She looked for all the world like a movie star.
- idiom. in the world Used as an intensive: How in the world did they manage? I never in the world would have guessed.
- idiom. out of this world Informal Extraordinary; superb: The dinner was out of this world.
- idiom. the world over Throughout the world: known the world over.
- idiom. world without end Forever.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An age of man; a generation.
- n. Any state or sphere of existence; any wide scene of life or action: as, a future world; the world to come.
- n. The system of created things; all created existences; the whole creation; the created universe: a use dating from the time when the earth was supposed to be the center and sum of everything.
- n. The inhabitants of the earth and their concerns or interests; the human race; humanity; mankind: also, a certain section, division, or class of men considered as a separate or independent whole; a number or body of people united by a common faith, cause, aim, object, pursuit, or the like: as, the religious world; the Christian world; the heathen world; the political, literary, or scientific world; the world of letters.
- n. The earth and all created things upon it; the terraqueous globe.
- n. That which pertains to the earth or to this present state of existence merely; secular affairs or interests; the concerns of this life, as opposed to those of the future life.
- n. A particular part of the globe; a large portion or division of the globe: as, the Old World (the eastern hemisphere); the New World (the western hemisphere); the Roman world.
- n. Public life; life in society; intercourse with one's fellows.
- n. Any celestial orb or planetary body, especially considered as peopled, and as the scene of interests kindred to those of mankind.
- n. The part of mankind that is devoted to the affairs of this life or interested in secular affairs; those concerned especially for the interests and pleasures of the present state of existence; the unregenerate or ungodly part of humanity.
- n. The ways and manners of men; the practices of life; the habits, customs, and usages of society; social life in its various aspects.
- n. A course of life; a career.
- n. The current of events, especially as affecting the individual; circumstances or affairs, particularly those closely relating to one's self.
- n. Any system of more or less complexity or development, characterized by harmony, order, or completeness; anything forming an organic whole; a microcosm.
- n. Sphere; domain; province; region; realm: as, the world of dreams; the world of art.
- n. A great number or quantity: as, a world of people; a world of words; a world of meaning. Compare a world, below.
- n. Used in emphatic phrases expressing wonder, astonishment, perplexity, etc.: as, what in the world am I to do? how in all the world did you get there?
- n. The sum of what the world contains; everything: as, she is all the world to me. Compare the whole world, below.
- n. Hence the expression woman of the world (that is, a married woman), used by Audrey in “As you Like it.”
- n. Synonyms Globe, etc. See earth.
- To introduce into the world; give birth to.
- n. with “the” Human collective existence; existence in general.
- n. The Universe.
- n. uncountable, with “the” The Earth.
- n. countable A planet,especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.
- n. An individual or group perspective or social setting.
- n. informal A great amount.
- v. to consider or cause to be considered from a global perspective; to consider as a global whole, rather than making or focussing on national or other distinctions; compare globalise
- v. to make real; to make worldly
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe.
- n. Any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests.
- n. The earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the sum of human affairs and interests.
- n. In a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and action.
- n. The customs, practices, and interests of men; general affairs of life; human society; public affairs and occupations.
- n. Individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual.
- n. The inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in general; the public; mankind.
- n. The earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven; concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the life to come; the present existence and its interests; hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind.
- n. As an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number.
- n. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
- n. the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
- n. everything that exists anywhere
- n. a part of the earth that can be considered separately
- adj. involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
- n. people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest
- n. all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
- n. people in general considered as a whole
- n. the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife
- From Middle English world, weoreld, from Old English world, worold, woruld, weorold ("world, age, men, humanity, life, way of life, long period of time, cycle, eternity"), from Proto-Germanic *weraldiz (“lifetime, worldly existence, mankind, age of man, world”), equivalent to wer (“man”) + eld (“age”). Cognate with Scots warld ("world"), West Frisian wrâld ("world"), Dutch wereld ("world"), Low German Werld ("world"), German Welt ("world"), Swedish värld ("world"), Icelandic veröld ("the world"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English weorold; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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