Definitions

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

  • n. A small spherical mass, especially a small drop of liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small round particle of substance; a drop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little globe; a small particle of matter, of a spherical form.
  • n. A minute spherical or rounded structure; as blood, lymph, and pus corpuscles, minute fungi, spores, etc.
  • n. A little pill or pellet used by homeopathists.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little globe or sphere; a small or minute body of matter of a spherical form.
  • n. Specifically— In anatomy and physics, a blood-disk or -corpuscle, or a lymph-corpuscle.
  • n. In botany, the antheridium of Characeæ.
  • n. In homeopathic med., a minute pill consisting of sugar of milk combined with the active principle of some drug.

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

  • n. a small globe or ball

Etymologies

French, from Latin globulus, diminutive of globus, sphere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin globulus, from globus ("globe"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Homoeopathy has introduced one essential amelioration in the practice of physic by amateur females; for its rules are excellent, its physicking comparatively harmless – the "globule" is the one grain of folly which appears to be necessary to make any good thing acceptable.

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  • As long as the intermittent type continues, Apis has to be given; the action of the spleen becomes more and more normal, the fever paroxysms become shorter and less marked, and the restoration of health is effected without any more treatment than a single dose of Apis 30, one globule, which is permitted to act until the patient is well.

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  • But, having announced a wonderful truth in reference to the unity of the human race as based upon one blood, science comes to his support, and through the microscope reveals the corpuscles of the blood, and shows that the globule is the same in all human blood.

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  • Even hours into the numbing routine—dip, scoop, dip—he would add that little flourish, time after time, as he transferred the globule from one bath to another.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • A tear, turned to a globule of ice, rested on her cheek, and her eyes were dim and moist; there was an-expression of hopeless, fathomless woe.

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  • Every woollen filament of our garments, every hair of our heads and faces, was jewelled with a crystal globule.

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  • I'm a little fuzzy on what a Bok globule is, but I'll take Shostak's word for it that such things might be loaded to the gills with aliens.

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  • Its downward-curving bill was mimicked in her drooping nose, the fleshy point suspended like a globule of cold sap.

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  • When she opened her mouth to speak, I spotted a green globule wedged in her braces.

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  • His nose was filled with blood; a globule swelled at the tip.

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