- An example of the world is planet earth
- An example of the world is all of the people who live on Earth.
- An example of the world is your family.
- the planet earth
- the whole universe
- any heavenly body thought of hypothetically as inhabited: worlds in space
- the earth and its inhabitants
- the human race; mankind
- people generally; the public: a discovery that startled the world
- [alsoW-] some part of the earth: the Old World
- some period of history, its society, etc.: the ancient world
- any sphere or domain: the animal world
- any sphere of human activity: the world of music
- any sphere or state of existence: the world of tomorrow
- individual experience, outlook, etc.: a man whose world is narrow
- secular or social life and interests, as distinguished from the religious or spiritual
- people primarily concerned with secular affairs and pursuits
- [often pl.] a large amount; great deal: the rest did him a world (or worlds) of good
- a star or planet
Origin of worldMiddle English from Old English werold, world, humanity, long time, akin to Old High German weralt from early West Germanic compound from an unverified form wera-, man (see werewolf) + an unverified form alth-, an age, mankind (for Indo-European base see old): basic sense “the age of man”
bring into the world
- to give birth to
- to assist in the delivery of (a child)
come into the world
for all the world
- for any reason or consideration at all
- in every respect; exactly
in the world
- on earth or in the universe; anywhere: where in the world could you find this?
- at all; ever: how in the world did you know?
on top of the world
out of this world
world without end
- a. The earth, especially together with the life it supports: a chemical found all over the world; an ecological disaster that could threaten the entire world.b. The universe: how the ancients conceived the world.
- a. Humankind considered as social beings; human society: turned her back on the world.b. People as a whole; the public: The event amazed the world.
- often World A specified part of the earth: the Western World.
- A part of the earth and its inhabitants as known at a given period in history: the ancient world.
- A realm or domain: the animal world; the world of imagination.
- a. A sphere of human activity or interest: the world of sports.b. A class or group of people with common characteristics or pursuits: the scientific world.
- A particular way of life: the world of the homeless.
- All that relates to or affects the life of a person: He saw his world collapse about him.
- Secular life and its concerns: a man of the world.
- a. Human existence; life: brought a child into the world.b. A state of existence: the next world.
- often worlds A large amount; much: did her a world of good; candidates that are worlds apart on foreign policy.
- A celestial body such as a planet: the possibility of life on other worlds.
- Of or relating to the world: a world champion.
- Involving or extending throughout the entire world: a world crisis.
Origin of worldMiddle English from Old English weorold ; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural worlds)
- (with “the") Human collective existence; existence in general.
- There will always be lovers, till the world's end.
- The Universe.
- (uncountable, with “the") The Earth.
- People are dying of starvation all over the world.
- (countable) A planet, especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.
- Our mission is to travel the galaxy and find new worlds.
- An individual or group perspective or social setting.
- In the world of boxing, good diet is all-important.
- (informal) A great amount.
- a world of difference; a world of trouble; a world of embarrassment
(third-person singular simple present worlds, present participle worlding, simple past and past participle worlded)
From Middle English world, weoreld, from Old English world, worold, woruld, weorold (“world, age, men, humanity, life, way of life, long period of time, cycle, eternity"), from Proto-Germanic *weraldiz (“lifetime, worldly existence, mankind, age of man, world"), equivalent to wer (“man") +"Ž eld (“age"). Cognate with Scots warld (“world"), West Frisian wrÃ¢ld (“world"), Dutch wereld (“world"), Low German Werld (“world"), German Welt (“world"), Swedish vÃ¤rld (“world"), Icelandic verÃ¶ld (“the world").