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globe

[glohb]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French globe < Latin globus round body, ball, sphere

globelike, adjective


1. See earth.
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globe (ɡləʊb)
 
n
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
 
vb
7.  to form or cause to form into a globe
 
[C16: from Old French, from Latin globus]
 
'globelike
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

globe
1550s, "sphere," from L. globus "round mass, sphere," related to gleba "clod, soil, land." Sense of "planet earth," or a three-dimensional map of it first attested 1550s. Global village first attested 1960, popularized, if not coined, by Canadian educator Marshall McLuhan (1911-80).
"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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
GLOBE
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
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Example sentences
Today ticks still rule over immense tracts of the terrestrial globe, and microbes rule absolutely.
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