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globe

[glohb] /gloʊb/
noun
1.
the planet Earth (usually preceded by the).
2.
a planet or other celestial body.
3.
a sphere on which is depicted a map of the earth (terrestrial globe) or of the heavens (celestial globe)
4.
a spherical body; sphere.
5.
anything more or less spherical, as a lampshade or a glass fishbowl.
6.
a golden ball traditionally borne as an emblem of sovereignty; orb.
verb (used with object), globed, globing.
7.
to form into a globe.
verb (used without object), globed, globing.
8.
to take the form of a globe.
Origin of globe
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French globe < Latin globus round body, ball, sphere
Related forms
globelike, adjective
Synonyms
1. See earth.
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Examples from the Web for globes
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  • He took her hand; it was cold and damp, and her forehead was glistening with minute globes of sweat.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The form and motion of the earth are to be explained with globes and maps.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • The decorated ceiling framed a central group of brilliant incandescent lights with globes.

    The Harris-Ingram Experiment Charles E. Bolton
  • Imagine these globes placed at a distance of one mile apart.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • To polish the globes of gas and electric-light fixtures, wash with water in which a few drops of ammonia have been dissolved.

British Dictionary definitions for globes

globe

/ɡləʊb/
noun
1.
a sphere on which a map of the world or the heavens is drawn or represented
2.
the globe, the world; the earth
3.
a planet or some other astronomical body
4.
an object shaped like a sphere, such as a glass lampshade or fish-bowl
5.
(Austral & NZ, South African) an electric light bulb
6.
an orb, usually of gold, symbolic of authority or sovereignty
verb
7.
to form or cause to form into a globe
Derived Forms
globelike, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Latin globus
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Word Origin and History for globes

globe

n.

mid-15c., "sphere," from Middle French globe (14c.) and directly from Latin globus "round mass, sphere, ball," also, of men, "a throng, crowd, body, mass," related to gleba "clod, soil, land" (see glebe). Sense of "planet earth," or a three-dimensional map of it first attested 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for globes

globes

noun

A woman's breasts: I'd even seen Elena's soft globes (1889+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for globes

GLOBE

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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