the totality of known or supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm.
the whole world, especially with reference to humanity:
a truth known throughout the universe.
a world or sphere in which something exists or prevails:
his private universe.
Also called universe of discourse. Logic. the aggregate of all the objects, attributes, and relations assumed or implied in a given discussion.
Also called universal set. Mathematics. the set of all elements under discussion for a given problem.
Statistics. the entire population under study.
1325–75; Middle English
< Old French univers
< Latin ūniversum,
noun use of neuter of ūniversus
entire, all, literally, turned into one, equivalent to ūni- uni-
(past participle of vertere
subuniverse, nounsuperuniverse, noun