from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The earth, especially together with the life it supports.
- noun The universe.
- noun Humankind considered as social beings; human society.
- noun People as a whole; the public.
- noun A specified part of the earth.
- noun A part of the earth and its inhabitants as known at a given period in history.
- noun A realm or domain.
- noun A sphere of human activity or interest.
- noun A class or group of people with common characteristics or pursuits.
- noun A particular way of life.
- noun All that relates to or affects the life of a person.
- noun Secular life and its concerns.
- noun Human existence; life.
- noun A state of existence.
- noun A large amount; much.
- noun A celestial body such as a planet.
- adjective Of or relating to the world.
- adjective Involving or extending throughout the entire world.
- idiom (for all the world) In all respects; precisely.
- idiom (in the world) Used as an intensive.
- idiom (out of this world) Extraordinary; superb.
- idiom (the world over) Throughout the world.
- idiom (world without end) Forever.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To introduce into the world; give birth to.
- noun An age of man; a generation.
- noun Any state or sphere of existence; any wide scene of life or action: as, a future world; the world to come.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
- noun The earth and all created things upon it; the terraqueous globe.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
- noun Public life; life in society; intercourse with one's fellows.
- noun Any celestial orb or planetary body, especially considered as peopled, and as the scene of interests kindred to those of mankind.
- noun 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.
- noun The ways and manners of men; the practices of life; the habits, customs, and usages of society; social life in its various aspects.
- noun A course of life; a career.
- noun The current of events, especially as affecting the individual; circumstances or affairs, particularly those closely relating to one's self.
- noun Any system of more or less complexity or development, characterized by harmony, order, or completeness; anything forming an organic whole; a microcosm.
- noun Sphere; domain; province; region; realm: as, the world of dreams; the world of art.
- noun A great number or quantity: as, a world of people; a world of words; a world of meaning. Compare
a world, below.
- noun 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?
- noun The sum of what the world contains; everything: as, she is all the world to me. Compare
the whole world, below.
- noun Hence the expression woman of the world (that is, a married woman), used by Audrey in “As you Like it.”
- noun Synonyms Globe, etc. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe.
- noun Any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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It is a test to \'live in the world but not of the world\ 'as Jesus put it.
And the idea that you can't set up a controlled experiment in an open-ended virtual world is curious -- scientists do this all the time, setting up controlled experiments in *the real world*.
We may distinguish between the world-in-itself and the ˜world™ of our perceptual and related experiences (the phenomenal world).
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world_.
It is the principal idea which penetrates all our reasoning about the relation of God and the world -- namely, the idea of a _teleology in the world_ -- which is to lead us to a correct conception of the _miracles_ and their reconcilableness with a mechanism of nature and with the Darwinistic ideas of development.
Similarly, the world of physical phenomena which was briefly called world by Minkowski is naturally four-dimensional in the space-time sense.
[Illustration: _It was a beautiful white world, a very beautiful white world_]
Christ: by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world_.
Not a human being but ourselves for miles; and no sound heard but the pulsations of the great Pacific! and the great steep hill rising like a wall, and cutting us off from all the world, but the world of waters!
It was not a singing river, but to-day it seemed to have a song, "_Go back, go back_," it said; "_you have seen the world, you have seen the world_."