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Definitions of world

  1. everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest; "the Western world" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the concerns of the world as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife; "they consider the church to be independent of the world" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet on which we live; "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope; "global war"; "global monetary policy"; "neither national nor continental but planetary"; "a world crisis"; "of worldwide significance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you; "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a part of the earth that can be considered separately; "the outdoor world"; "the world of insects" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. all of the inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. The earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests; as, a plurality of worlds. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the sum of human affairs and interests. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. In a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and action; as, the Old World; the New World; the religious world; the Catholic world; the upper world; the future world; the heathen world. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The customs, practices, and interests of men; general affairs of life; human society; public affairs and occupations; as, a knowledge of the world. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual; as, to begin the world with no property; to lose all, and begin the world anew. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in general; the public; mankind. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven; concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the life to come; the present existence and its interests; hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. As an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The earth and its people; the whole system of natural objects; the universe; present or future state of existence; people generally; public life or society; life as concerned with secular, not religious, matters; sphere or domain; a part or sphere of the earth, its people, or their activities; a planet; a large number or amount. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. The earth and its inhabitants: the system of things: present state of existence: any planet or heavenly body: public life or society: business: the public: a secular life: course of life: a very large extent of country, as the "new world:" very much or a great deal, as a "world of good:" time, as in the phrase "world without end"-eternally: possibility, as in "nothing in the world:" (B.) the ungodly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. The earth; mankind; society; present state of things: any planet. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. The earth; any planet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A division of things; department; sphere. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Mankind; the public. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. The practises and ways of men. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Secular affairs; worldly pleasures. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The earth and its inhabitants; the terraqueous globe; a division of it; any similar globe similarly regarded; any similar system of things; any region viewed as inhabited; any state of human existence; present state of existence; a secular life; the attractions, enjoyments, and cares of the present life; those engrossed with such things; public life or society; the public; business or trouble of life; a great multitude or quantity; mankind; people in general; course of life, as to begin the world; universal empire; all the world contains; the customs and manners of men; the practice of life; the principal nations or countries of the earth; the Roman empire; a large tract of country; a wide compass of things; the inhabitants of the earth; the human race; the carnal state or corruption of the earth; the ungodly part of the world; time, as world without end. In the world, in possibility. For all the world, exactly; entirely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. The globe or planet on which we live; the universe; the earth; the present state of existence; the enjoyments and cares of the present life; course of life; customs and practices of men; people in general; in Scrip. sometimes, the Roman empire; a large and definite tract of country; the whole human race; the ungodly; very much or a great deal, as, a "world of good"; time, as, "world without end". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. This term sometimes denotes all persons whatsoever who may have, claim,or acquire an interest in the subject-matter; as in saying that a judgment in rem binds"all the world." thelawdictionary.org
  30. wurld, n. the earth and its inhabitants: the system of things: present state of existence: any planet or heavenly body: public life or society: an organic whole: business: the public: a secular life: course of life: a very large extent of country, as the 'New World:' very much or a great deal, as 'a world of good:' time, as in the phrase 'world without end'=eternally: possibility, as in 'nothing in the world:' (B.) the ungodly.--adjs. WORL'DED, containing worlds; WORLD'-HAR'DENED, hardened by the love of worldly things.--ns. WORLD'-LANG'UAGE, a universal language; WORLD'LINESS; WORLD'LING, one who is devoted to worldly or temporal possessions.--adjs. WORLD'LY, pertaining to the world, esp. as distinguished from the world to come: devoted to this life and its enjoyments: bent on gain--also adv.; WORLD'LY-MIND'ED, having the mind set on the present world.--n. WORLD'LY-MIND'EDNESS.--adjs. WORLD'LY-WISE, wise in this world's affairs; WORLD'-OLD, exceedingly ancient; WORLD'-WEA'RIED, -WEA'RY, tired of the world; WORLD'WIDE, wide or extensive as the world.--ALL THE WORLD, everybody: everything; ALL THE WORLD AND HIS WIFE (coll.), everybody: also, an ill-assorted mass; A WORLD, a great deal; CARRY THE WORLD BEFORE ONE, to pass to success through every obstacle; FOR ALL THE WORLD, precisely, entirely; GO TO THE WORLD (Shak.), to get married; IN THE WORLD, an intensive phrase, usually following an interrogative pronoun or adverb.--THE NEW WORLD, the western hemisphere, the Americas; THE OLD WORLD, the eastern hemisphere, comprising Europe, Africa, and Asia; THE OTHER WORLD, the non-material sphere, the spiritual world; THE WHOLE WORLD, the sum of what is contained in the world; THE WORLD'S END, the most distant point possible. [A.S. woruld, world, weorold, (lit.) 'a generation of men,' from wer, a man, and yldo, sig. an age; Ice. veröld, Old High Ger. weralt (Ger. welt).] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  31. Time or state or scene of existence (the or this w., mortal life: the other or next w., the w. to come, life after death; the lower w., hell, Hades; Prince of this w., the devil; we bring nothing into the w., at birth; bring child into the w., beget or bear it; make the best of both ww., reconcile secular& spiritual interests; the end of the w., cessation of all mortal life by destruction of universe or otherwise; w. without end, for ever); secular interests& occupations (the w., the flesh, & the devil, kinds of temptation; forsake the w.); the universe, all creation, everything, (the creation of the w.; the best of all possible ww.; in the w., at all, that exists, &c., as who, how, what, in the w. was it?, nothing in the w.; for all the w. like, precisely like; carry the w. before one, have rapid& complete success); everything that exists outside oneself (the external w., all phenomena; the w. of dreams, things as they seem in dreams; would not do it for the, to gain the whole, w.; she is all the w. to me; would give the w. to know); the earth, heavenly body supposed to resemble it, its countries& their inhabitants, all people, the earth as known or in some respect limited, (go round the w.; to the w.\'s end, to furthest attainable distance; a universe of ww.; are there other ww. than ours?; federation of the w., combination of all peoples in one State; citizen of the w., cosmopolitan; all the w.\'s a stage; make a noise in the w., be widely talked of; all the w. knows, it is generally known; makes the whole w. kin; the wise old w., general experience& custom; w. politics, movement, tendency, affecting or seen among many peoples; the old W., Europe, Asia, & Africa, part known by ancients to exist; the New W., America; the Roman &c. w., as much of the w. as concerned Rome &c.; the Anglo-Saxon, English-speaking, &c., w.); human affairs, their course& conditions, active life, (so wags the w.; how goes the w. with you?; know, see, the w., have, acquire, experience; man of the w., experienced practical tolerant person; begin the w., start one\'s career; alls right with the w., expression of optimism; take the w. as it is, as one finds it, be adaptable; let the w. slide, not try to influence events, also disregard convention& public opinion); average or respectable or fashionable society or people or their customs or opinions (the great w., fashionable society; all the w. & his wife, all with pretensions to fashion; what will the w. say?, dare we defy opinion?; live out of the w., avoid society); all that concerns or all who belong to specified department or class, sphere, domain, (the literary, scientific, sporting, animal, ancient, w.; the w. of letters, art, sport); a vast or infinite number or amount or extent (a w. of meaning, banknotes, trouble, faults; a w. of waters, expanse of sea; a w. too wide &c., by far); w.-old, (usu. by exag.) old as creation; w.-weary, tired of existence; w.-wide, spread over the w., known or found everywhere; w.-language, that was or will be or is meant to be universal, also spoken in more than one part of w. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  32. w.-power, powerful State whose policy &c. may affect the w. at large. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. n. [Anglo-Saxon] The earth and its inhabitants with their concerns;-in a more restricted sense, a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants;-in an extended sense, the earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; universe;-any planet or heavenly body considered as inhabited;-present existence; this life;-customs, practices, and interest of men; general affairs of life; human society; public society; sphere of notoriety, rank, fashion;-individual experience of or concern with life; course of life;-the inhabitants of the earth; the human race; mankind;-the earth and its affairs, as distinguished from heaven; a secular, as opposed to a religious life; hence, worldly corruption;-the ungodly or wicked part of mankind;-a great multitude or quantity; a large number. Cabinet Dictionary

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