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globe

[glohb] /gloʊb/
noun
1.
the planet Earth (usually preceded by the).
2.
a planet or other celestial body.
3.
a sphere on which is depicted a map of the earth (terrestrial globe) or of the heavens (celestial globe)
4.
a spherical body; sphere.
5.
anything more or less spherical, as a lampshade or a glass fishbowl.
6.
a golden ball traditionally borne as an emblem of sovereignty; orb.
verb (used with object), globed, globing.
7.
to form into a globe.
verb (used without object), globed, globing.
8.
to take the form of a globe.
Origin of globe
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French globe < Latin globus round body, ball, sphere
Related forms
globelike, adjective
Synonyms
1. See earth.
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  • Some cryptogamic plants, as Lecanora subfusca, are found all over the globe.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • Chimborazo was long supposed to be the most lofty mountain on the globe.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • These were all white troops; but it is essential that their distribution over the surface of the globe should be realised.

  • He dominated a globe round which the old Serpent had coiled himself.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • Is said of a ship when at such a distance that, from the convexity of the globe, only her masts and sails are to be seen.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for globe

globe

/ɡləʊb/
noun
1.
a sphere on which a map of the world or the heavens is drawn or represented
2.
the globe, the world; the earth
3.
a planet or some other astronomical body
4.
an object shaped like a sphere, such as a glass lampshade or fish-bowl
5.
(Austral & NZ, South African) an electric light bulb
6.
an orb, usually of gold, symbolic of authority or sovereignty
verb
7.
to form or cause to form into a globe
Derived Forms
globelike, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Latin globus
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Word Origin and History for globe
n.

mid-15c., "sphere," from Middle French globe (14c.) and directly from Latin globus "round mass, sphere, ball," also, of men, "a throng, crowd, body, mass," related to gleba "clod, soil, land" (see glebe). Sense of "planet earth," or a three-dimensional map of it first attested 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for globe

GLOBE

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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