[ glohb ]
/ gloʊb /
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verb (used with object), globed, glob·ing.
to form into a globe.
verb (used without object), globed, glob·ing.
to take the form of a globe.
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Origin of globe

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French globe, from Latin globus “round body, ball, sphere”

synonym study for globe

1. See earth.


globelike, adjective
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What does globe mean?

The word globe most generally refers to a sphere—a ball-like shape or object. Something globe-shaped can be described as globular, which means the same thing as spherical.

More specifically, a globe is a three-dimensional model of Earth. (There are also globes representing the moon and other planets, but globes of Earth are most common.) These kinds of globes are associated with their use in classrooms for the subject of geography.

The phrase the globe is another way of saying the world or the planet in reference to Earth, as in His name was known in almost every corner of the globe. 

Example: I started my travels around the globe by spinning a globe and pointing to a random destination.

Where does globe come from?

The first records of the word globe come from the 1400s. It comes from the Latin globus, meaning “round body, ball, sphere.” (The same root forms the basis of the word globule, referring to a small spherical object, especially a drop of liquid.)

All balls and spheres could technically be referred to as globes, but this general sense of the word is normally reserved for spherical celestial bodies like planets.

A 3D representation of Earth is sometimes called a terrestrial globe. But there are also globes that represent space and depict the locations of stars and constellations. These are called celestial globes.

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What are some other forms related to globe?

  • globelike (adjective)

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How is globe used in real life?

The word globe commonly refers to Earth—the whole world. It’s commonly used this way in phrases like across the globe and from every corner of the globe. 


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of globe?

A. sphere
B. orb
C. cube
D. ball

How to use globe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for globe

/ (ɡləʊb) /

to form or cause to form into a globe

Derived forms of globe

globelike, adjective

Word Origin for globe

C16: from Old French, from Latin globus
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