[gloh-buh l]


pertaining to the whole world; worldwide; universal: the dream of global peace.
globular; globe-shaped.
of, relating to, or using a terrestrial or celestial globe.
(of a computer operation, linguistic rule, etc.) operating on a group of similar strings, commands, etc., in a single step.

Origin of global

First recorded in 1670–80; globe + -al1
Related formsglob·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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covering, influencing, or relating to the whole world
Derived Formsglobally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for global

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

global in Medicine




Having the shape of a globe; spherical.
Of or involving the entire earth; worldwide.
Comprehensive; total.
Of or relating to the eyeball.
Related formsglobal•ly adv.
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