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[gloh-buh l] /ˈgloʊ bəl/
pertaining to the whole world; worldwide; universal:
the dream of global peace.
globular; globe-shaped.
of, relating to, or using a terrestrial or celestial globe.
(of a computer operation, linguistic rule, etc.) operating on a group of similar strings, commands, etc., in a single step.
Origin of global
1670-80; globe + -al1
Related forms
globally, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for globally


covering, influencing, or relating to the whole world
Derived Forms
globally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for globally

by 1910, from global + -ly (2).



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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globally in Medicine

global glob·al (glō'bəl)

  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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