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global

[gloh-buh l] /ˈgloʊ bəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the whole world; worldwide; universal:
the dream of global peace.
3.
globular; globe-shaped.
4.
of, pertaining to, or using a terrestrial or celestial globe.
5.
(of a computer operation, linguistic rule, etc.) operating on a group of similar strings, commands, etc., in a single step.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; globe + -al1
Related forms
globally, adverb
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  • Worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment.
  • No other social networks offer the same global reach-or commercial opportunity.
  • The pollutants that contribute to global warming are commonly known as greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Questions come up all the time about global warming, climate change and the role of human activities.
  • One of the reasons many opt for wood-burning features is concern about global climate change.
  • Administrative headaches can too often rein in colleges' global ambitions.
  • global warming is the wrong name for what's happening.
  • global warming threatens to swamp a small island nation.
  • Feast on contemporary global fare made from regionally grown ingredients.
  • But today, one ecological problem outweighs all others: global warming.
British Dictionary definitions for global

global

/ˈɡləʊbəl/
adjective
1.
covering, influencing, or relating to the whole world
2.
comprehensive
Derived Forms
globally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for global
adj.

1670s, "spherical," from globe + -al (1). Meaning "worldwide, universal" is from 1892, from French. Global village first attested 1960, popularized, if not coined, by Canadian educator Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980).

Postliterate man's electronic media contract the world to a village or tribe where everything happens to everyone at the same time: everyone knows about, and therefore participates in, everything that is happening the minute it happens. Television gives this quality of simultaneity to events in the global village. [Carpenter & McLuhan, "Explorations in Communication," 1960]

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global in Medicine

global glob·al (glō'bəl)
adj.

  1. Having the shape of a globe; spherical.

  2. Of or involving the entire earth; worldwide.

  3. Comprehensive; total.

  4. Of or relating to the eyeball.


glob'al·ly adv.
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