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the earth or globe, considered as a planet.
(often initial capital letter) a particular division of the earth: the Western world.
the earth or a part of it, with its inhabitants, affairs, etc., during a particular period: the ancient world.
humankind; the human race; humanity: The world must eliminate war and poverty.
the public generally: The whole world knows it.
the class of persons devoted to the affairs, interests, or pursuits of this life: The world worships success.
a particular class of people, with common interests, aims, etc.: the fashionable world.
any sphere, realm, or domain, with all pertaining to it: a child's world; the world of dreams; the insect world.
everything that exists; the universe; the macrocosm.
any complex whole conceived as resembling the universe: the world of the microcosm.
one of the three general groupings of physical nature: animal world; mineral world; vegetable world.
any period, state, or sphere of existence: this world; the world to come.
Often, worlds. a great deal: That vacation was worlds of fun.
any indefinitely great expanse.
any heavenly body: the starry worlds.
bring into the world,
to give birth to; bear: My grandmother brought nine children into the world.
to deliver (a baby): the doctor brought many children into the world.
come into the world, to be born: Her first child came into the world in June.
for all the world,
for any consideration, however great: She wouldn't come to visit us for all the world.
in every respect; precisely: You look for all the world like my Aunt Mary.
in the world,
at all; ever: I never in the world would have believed such an obvious lie.
from among all possibilities: Where in the world did you find that hat?
on top of the world. top1 ( def 47 ).
out of this/the world, exceptional; fine: The chef prepared a roast duck that was out of this world.
set the world on fire, to achieve great fame and success: He didn't seem to be the type to set the world on fire.
think the world of, to like or admire greatly: His coworkers think the world of him.
world without end, for all eternity; for always.

before 900; Middle English; Old English world, weorold; cognate with Dutch wereld, German Welt, Old Norse verǫld, all < Germanic *wer-ald- literally, age of man

counterworld, noun
interworld, noun

1. See earth. Unabridged
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world (wɜːld)
1.  the earth as a planet, esp including its inhabitants
2.  mankind; the human race
3.  people generally; the public: in the eyes of the world
4.  social or public life: to go out into the world
5.  the universe or cosmos; everything in existence
6.  a complex united whole regarded as resembling the universe
7.  any star or planet, esp one that might be inhabited
8.  (often capital) a division or section of the earth, its history, or its inhabitants: the Western World; the Ancient World; the Third World
9.  an area, sphere, or realm considered as a complete environment: the animal world
10.  any field of human activity or way of life or those involved in it: the world of television
11.  a period or state of existence: the next world
12.  the total circumstances and experience of an individual that make up his life, esp that part of it relating to happiness: you have shattered my world
13.  a large amount, number, or distance: worlds apart
14.  worldly or secular life, ways, or people
15.  logic See possible world
16.  all the world and his wife a large group of people of various kinds
17.  bring into the world
 a.  (of a midwife, doctor, etc) to deliver (a baby)
 b.  to give birth to
18.  come into the world to be born
19.  informal dead to the world unaware of one's surroundings, esp fast asleep or very drunk
20.  (used with a negative) for the world for any inducement, however great
21.  for all the world in every way; exactly
22.  give to the world to publish
23.  (usually used with a negative) in the world (intensifier): no-one in the world can change things
24.  man of the world, woman of the world a man or woman experienced in social or public life
25.  not long for this world nearing death
26.  informal on top of the world exultant, elated, or very happy
27.  informal wonderful; excellent
28.  set the world on fire to be exceptionally or sensationally successful
29.  the best of both worlds the benefits from two different or opposed ways of life, philosophies, etc
30.  think the world of to be extremely fond of or hold in very high esteem
31.  world of one's own a state of mental detachment from other people
32.  world without end for ever
33.  (modifier) of or concerning most or all countries; worldwide: world politics; a world record
34.  (in combination) throughout the world: world-famous
[Old English w(e)orold, from wer man + ald age, life; related to Old Frisian warld, wrald, Old Norse verold, Old High German wealt (German Welt)]

The World a man-made archipelago of 300 reclaimed islands built off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a map of the world. Area: 63 sq km (24 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. woruld, worold "human existence, the affairs of life," also "the human race, mankind," a word peculiar to Gmc. languages (cf. O.S. werold, O.Fris. warld, Du. wereld, O.N. verold, O.H.G. weralt, Ger. Welt), with a literal sense of "age of man," from P.Gmc. *wer "man" (O.E. wer, still in werewolf;
see virile) + *ald "age" (see old). Originally "life on earth, this world (as opposed to the afterlife)," sense extended to "the known world" (e.g. "Greatest Show on Earth"), then to "the physical world in the broadest sense, the universe" (c.1200). In O.E. gospels, the commonest word for "the physical world," was Middangeard (O.N. Midgard), lit. "the middle enclosure" (cf. yard), which is rooted in Gmc. cosmology. Gk. kosmos in its ecclesiastical sense of "world of people" sometimes was rendered in Goth. as manaseþs, lit. "seed of man." The usual O.N. word was heimr, lit. "abode" (see home). Words for "world" in some other I.E. languages derive from the root for "bottom, foundation" (cf. Ir. domun, O.C.S. duno, related to Eng. deep); the Lith. word is pasaulis, from pa- "under" + saule "sun." Original sense in world without end, translating L. sæcula sæculorum, and in worldly. L. sæculum can mean both "age" and "world," as can Gk. aion. Worldwide is from 1632. World power in the geopolitical sense first recorded 1900. World-class is attested from 1950, originally of Olympic athletes.
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