world


world
world [wʉrld]
n.
[ME < OE werold, world, humanity, long time, akin to OHG weralt < early WGmc comp. < * wera-, man (see WEREWOLF) + * alth-, an age, mankind (for IE base see OLD): basic sense “the age of man”]
1.
a) the planet earth
b) the whole universe
c) any heavenly body thought of hypothetically as inhabited [worlds in space]
2. the earth and its inhabitants
3.
a) the human race; mankind
b) people generally; the public [a discovery that startled the world]
4.
a) [also W-] some part of the earth [the Old World]
b) some period of history, its society, etc. [the ancient world]
c) any sphere or domain [the animal world]
d) any sphere of human activity [the world of music]
e) any sphere or state of existence [the world of tomorrow]
5. individual experience, outlook, etc. [a man whose world is narrow]
6.
a) secular or social life and interests, as distinguished from the religious or spiritual
b) people primarily concerned with secular affairs and pursuits
7. [often pl.] a large amount; great deal [the rest did him a world (or worlds) of good]
8. a star or planet
SYN.- EARTH
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bring into the world
1. to give birth to
2. to assist in the delivery of (a child)
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come into the world
to be born
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for all the world
1. for any reason or consideration at all
2. in every respect; exactly
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in the world
1. on earth or in the universe; anywhere [where in the world could you find this?]
2. at all; ever [how in the world did you know?]
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☆ on top of the world
Informal elated with joy, pride, success, etc.; exultant
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☆ out of this world
Slang exceptionally fine; extraordinary
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world without end
forever

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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