[gloh-buh l] /ˈgloʊ bəl/
pertaining to the whole world; worldwide; universal:
the dream of global peace.
of, relating to, or using a terrestrial or .
(of a computer operation, linguistic rule, etc.) operating on a group of similar strings, commands, etc., in a single step.
covering, influencing, or relating to the whole world
1670s, “spherical,” from globe + -al (1). Meaning “worldwide, universal” is from 1892, from French. Global village first attested 1960, popularized, if not coined, by Canadian educator Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980).
Postliterate man’s electronic media contract the world to a village or tribe where everything happens to everyone at the same time: everyone knows about, and therefore participates in, everything that is happening the minute it happens. Television gives this quality of simultaneity to events in the global village. [Carpenter & McLuhan, “Explorations in Communication,” 1960]
global glob·al (glō’bəl)
- Global aphasia
global aphasia n. The loss of the ability to express and understand speech and other forms of communication. Also called total aphasia.
- Global community
noun 1. the people or nations of the world, considered as being closely connected by modern telecommunications and as being economically, socially, and politically interdependent
- Global dimming
noun 1. a decrease in the amount of sunlight reaching the surface of the earth, believed to be caused by pollution in the atmosphere
- Global index
filename extension (gid) The filename extension of a Windows 95 “global index” file. .gid files are created by the help browser internal to Windows 95 (also available for other Windows versions) for WinHelp files (hlp), as well as for storing user preferences, such as window position. (1997-01-30)