Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having the shape of a globe; spherical.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or involving the entire earth; worldwide.
  • adjective Comprehensive; total.
  • adjective Computers Of or relating to an entire program, document, or file.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Spherical; globe-shaped: as, the global earth.
  • Relating to the round world; world-wide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope.
  • adjective shaped like a globe; spherical.
  • adjective broad in scope or content; comprehensive. Opposite of noncomprehensive.
  • adjective (Computers) Accessible and effective throughout an entire computer program, rather than in only one subroutine; -- used of variables. Opposite of local.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective spherical, ball-shaped
  • adjective not comparable of or relating to a globe or sphere
  • adjective Concerning all parts of the world.
  • adjective not comparable, computing of a variable, accessible by all parts of a program
  • noun computing A globally scoped identifier.

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

  • adjective having the shape of a sphere or ball
  • adjective involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

globe +‎ -al

Examples

  • I applaud the organizers of SoP IV in taking a brave and bold step in making a bigger and more global conference remember the tagline -- building the _global_ metaverse?

    Are we really ready for a global conversation about virtual worlds?

  • The keyword of * global warming* is the * global*!

    Opinion 250: News

  • The term "global warming" has been replaced by the neutral "climate change," while concern about the planet has decreased in inverse proportion to the increase in the earth's temperature.

    Laura Carlsen: Fiddling on Climate

  • Yet, despite this recent report, and despite all we do know about climate change, the topic has become the C-word in Washington, D.C. Just as the term "global warming" fell out of favor, the term "climate change" is now one that few in our nation's capital dare bring up in conversation, much less in legislation.

    Heidi Cullen: The C-Word

  • And it remains so today, even though the Obama administration has long avoided the term "global war on terror".

    America's permanent robot war | Tom Engelhardt

  • In any event, all their many reports and assessments have concluded that climate change they no longer like to use the term "global warming" is due primarily to excessive emissions or CO2 and that significant amounts of these emissions are being trapped in our atmosphere, hence our need to reduce these emissions.

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  • Yet, despite this recent report, and despite all we do know about climate change, the topic has become the C-word in Washington, D.C. Just as the term "global warming" fell out of favor, the term "climate change" is now one that few in our nation's capital dare bring up in conversation, much less in legislation.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • For most MBAs, the phrase 'global business opportunity' conjures China or India, but most of the tough challenges faced by firms occur in places more like Iraq than in the BRIC economies.

    How Iraq can build a robust economy

  • Real Estate Needs to Pay its Dues The Unreported Deal Chase Cash, Not Valuations In 2005, Governor Bernanke famously coined the term "global savings glut" to explain how savings far exceeded investment opportunities globally resulting in low interest rates.

    The Beginning of a High Interest Rate Era

  • The term global warming is often used synonymously with the term climate change, but the two terms have distinct meanings.

    Global warming

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  • Right at the end of the semi-sing-along "Lonesome Surprise", by The Mountain Goats, you can hear someone -- it sounds like Daniel Johnston -- exclaim "woohoo! this is global!". Best part of the song.

    February 24, 2007

  • That part always bugged me. I think the best thing about the song is that most people find it to be unlistenable. That and John's laugh at the end.

    February 24, 2007