world

world NOUN 1) (the world) the earth with all its countries and peoples. 2) a region or group of countries: the English-speaking world. 3) all that belongs to a particular period or sphere of activity: the theatre world. 4) (one's world) a person's life and activities. 5) (the world) secular or material matters as opposed to spiritual ones. 6) a planet. 7) (a/the world) a very large amount of: that makes a world of difference.
the best of both (or all possible) worlds — Cf. ↑the best of both worlds
bring into the world — Cf. ↑bring into the world
man (or woman) of the world — Cf. ↑woman of the world
out of this world — Cf. ↑out of this world
the world and his wife — Cf. ↑the world and his wife
the world, the flesh, and the devil — Cf. ↑the world, the flesh, and the devil
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • World — <p></p> <p></p> Introduction ::World <p></p> Background: <p></p> Globally, the 20th century was marked by: (a) two devastating world wars; (b) the Great Depression of the 1930s; (c) the end of vast… …   The World Factbook

  • world — [ wɜrld ] noun *** 1. ) singular society in general, in all countries: We want to guarantee our children a safer world. all over the world/throughout the world: The same problems are faced by children throughout the world. the whole world: Since… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • World — World, n. [OE. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, AS. weorold, worold; akin to OS. werold, D. wereld, OHG. weralt, worolt, werolt, werlt, G. welt, Icel. ver[ o]ld, Sw. verld, Dan. verden; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity; AS. wer a man +… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • world — O.E. woruld, worold human existence, the affairs of life, also the human race, mankind, a word peculiar to Germanic 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • world — UK US /wɜːld/ noun [C, usually singular] ► a particular area of activity: »Our world of work is changing rapidly. »the world of advertising/the internet »the business/corporate world …   Financial and business terms

  • world — [n1] planet, globe cosmos, creation, earth, heavenly body, macrocosm, microcosm, nature, sphere, star, terrene, universe; concepts 511,770 world [n2] class of existing beings class, division, everybody, everyone, group, humanity, humankind, human …   New thesaurus

  • world|ly — «WURLD lee», adjective, li|er, li|est, adverb. –adj. 1. of this world; not of heaven: »worldly wealth, worldly knowledge, worldly ambition. SYNONYM(S): mundane. See syn. under earthly. (Cf. ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • world — universe, *earth, cosmos, macrocosm …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • world — /werrld/, n. 1. the earth or globe, considered as a planet. 2. (often cap.) a particular division of the earth: the Western world. 3. the earth or a part of it, with its inhabitants, affairs, etc., during a particular period: the ancient world. 4 …   Universalium

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