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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for the-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 the-globe
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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Related Abbreviations for the-globe

GLOBE

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
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Encyclopedia Article for the-globe

globe

sphere or ball that bears a map of the Earth on its surface and is mounted on an axle that permits rotation. The ancient Greeks, who knew the Earth to be a sphere, were the first to use globes to represent the surface of the Earth. Crates of Mallus is said to have made one in about 150 BC. The earliest surviving terrestrial globe was made in Nurnberg in 1492 by Martin Behaim, who almost undoubtedly influenced Christopher Columbus to attempt to sail west to the Orient. In ancient times, globes also were used to represent the constellations; the earliest surviving globe is the marble Farnese globe, a celestial globe dating from about AD 25

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