the earth or globe, considered as a planet.
(often initial capital letter) a particular division of the earth:
the Western world.
the earth or a part of it, with its inhabitants, affairs, etc., during a particular period:
the ancient world.
humankind; the human race; humanity:
The world must eliminate war and poverty.
the public generally:
The whole world knows it.
the class of persons devoted to the affairs, interests, or pursuits of this life:
The world worships success.
a particular class of people, with common interests, aims, etc.:
the fashionable world.
any sphere, realm, or domain, with all pertaining to it:
a child’s world; the world of dreams; the insect world.
everything that exists; the universe; the macrocosm.
any complex whole conceived as resembling the universe:
the world of the microcosm.
one of the three general groupings of physical nature:
animal world; mineral world; vegetable world.
any period, state, or sphere of existence:
this world; the world to come.
Often, worlds. a great deal:
That vacation was worlds of fun.
any indefinitely great expanse.
any heavenly body:
the starry worlds.
bring into the world,
come into the world, to be born:
Her first child came into the world in June.
for all the world,
in the world,
on top of the world. 1 (def 47).
out of this / the world, exceptional; fine:
The chef prepared a roast duck that was out of this world.
set the world on fire, to achieve great fame and success:
He didn’t seem to be the type to set the world on fire.
think the world of, to like or admire greatly:
His coworkers think the world of him.
world without end, for all eternity; for always.
of or relating to a virtual online environment: my in-world avatar
the earth as a planet, esp including its inhabitants
mankind; the human race
people generally; the public: in the eyes of the world
social or public life: to go out into the world
the universe or cosmos; everything in existence
a complex united whole regarded as resembling the universe
any star or planet, esp one that might be inhabited
(often capital) a division or section of the earth, its history, or its inhabitants: the Western World, the Ancient World, the Third World
an area, sphere, or realm considered as a complete environment: the animal world
any field of human activity or way of life or those involved in it: the world of television
a period or state of existence: the next world
the total circumstances and experience of an individual that make up his life, esp that part of it relating to happiness: you have shattered my world
a large amount, number, or distance: worlds apart
worldly or secular life, ways, or people
(logic) See possible world
all the world and his wife, a large group of people of various kinds
bring into the world
come into the world, to be born
(informal) dead to the world, unaware of one’s surroundings, esp fast asleep or very drunk
(used with a negative) for the world, for any inducement, however great
for all the world, in every way; exactly
give to the world, to publish
(usually used with a negative) in the world, (intensifier): no-one in the world can change things
man of the world, woman of the world, a man or woman experienced in social or public life
not long for this world, nearing death
(informal) on top of the world, exultant, elated, or very happy
(informal) wonderful; excellent
set the world on fire, to be exceptionally or sensationally successful
the best of both worlds, the benefits from two different or opposed ways of life, philosophies, etc
think the world of, to be extremely fond of or hold in very high esteem
world of one’s own, a state of mental detachment from other people
world without end, for ever
(modifier) of or concerning most or all countries; worldwide: world politics, a world record
(in combination) throughout the world: world-famous
noun The World
a man-made archipelago of 300 reclaimed islands built off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a map of the world. Area: 63 sq km (24 sq miles)
Old English woruld, worold “human existence, the affairs of life,” also “the human race, mankind,” a word peculiar to Germanic languages (cf. Old Saxon werold, Old Frisian warld, Dutch wereld, Old Norse verold, Old High German weralt, German Welt), with a literal sense of “age of man,” from Proto-Germanic *wer “man” (Old English wer, still in werewolf; see virile) + *ald “age” (see old).
Originally “life on earth, this world (as opposed to the afterlife),” sense extended to “the known world,” then to “the physical world in the broadest sense, the universe” (c.1200). In Old English gospels, the commonest word for “the physical world,” was Middangeard (Old Norse Midgard), literally “the middle enclosure” (cf. yard), which is rooted in Germanic cosmology. Greek kosmos in its ecclesiastical sense of “world of people” sometimes was rendered in Gothic as manaseþs, literally “seed of man.”
The usual Old Norse word was heimr, literally “abode” (see home). Words for “world” in some other Indo-European languages derive from the root for “bottom, foundation” (e.g. Irish domun, Old Church Slavonic duno, related to English deep); the Lithuanian word is pasaulis, from pa- “under” + saule “sun.” Original sense in world without end, translating Latin saecula saeculorum, and in worldly. Latin saeculum can mean both “age” and “world,” as can Greek aion. World power in the geopolitical sense first recorded 1900. World-class is attested from 1950, originally of Olympic athletes.
To devise; whomp up: We’ll have to work up a good story to explain this one (mid1800s+)
- Inworld vr
company, virtual reality Manufacturers of the CyberWand. (1995-04-04)
[in-rap] /ɪnˈræp/ verb (used with object), inwrapped, inwrapping. 1. . /ɪnˈræp/ verb -wraps, -wrapping, -wrapped 1. a less common spelling of enwrap
[in-reeth ] /ɪnˈrið/ verb (used with object), inwreathed, inwreathing. 1. .
[in-rawt] /ɪnˈrɔt/ adjective 1. worked in or closely combined with something. 2. or worked with something by way of decoration. 3. Archaic. or worked in, as a decorative pattern. /ˌɪnˈrɔːt/ adjective 1. worked or woven into material, esp decoratively 2. (rare) blended with other things