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world  (wûrld)
1. The earth.
2. The universe.
3. The earth with its inhabitants.
4. The inhabitants of the earth; the human race.
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.
6. often World A specified part of the earth: the Western World.
7. A part of the earth and its inhabitants as known at a given period in history: the ancient world.
8. 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.
10. A particular way of life: the world of the homeless.
11. All that relates to or affects the life of a person: He saw his world collapse about him.
12. 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.
14. A large amount; much. Often used in the plural: did her a world of good; candidates that are worlds apart on foreign policy.
15. A celestial body such as a planet: the possibility of life on other worlds.
1. Of or relating to the world: a world champion.
2. Involving or extending throughout the entire world: a world crisis.
for all the world
In all respects; precisely: She looked for all the world like a movie star.
in the world
Used as an intensive: How in the world did they manage? I never in the world would have guessed.
out of this world Informal
Extraordinary; superb: The dinner was out of this world.
the world over
Throughout the world: known the world over.
world without end

[Middle English, from Old English weorold; see w-ro- in Indo-European roots.]

world  /wrld/  n. 1 the earth: It is possible to fly around the world in an airplane. 2 the state of affairs of humans and the planet in general: What a wonderful (crazy, sad, etc.) world we live in. 3 a group of living things: People are curious to know about the plant (animal, scientific, etc.) world. 4 a part of human activity: He knows everything about the world of baseball. 5 all people, everyone: He emptied his garage for the world to see. 6 on top of the world: feeling very happy, wonderful, terrific: On my wedding day, I was on top of the world. 7 out of this world: wonderful, terrific: The food at that restaurant is out of this world. 8 to think the world of s.o.: to have a very high opinion of s.o.: Shes a wonderful neighbor; I think the world of her. 9 What (Why, Who, etc.) in the world: an expression of angry questioning: What in the world do you think you are doing taking money from my wallet? world

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