- to give birth to; bear: My grandmother brought nine children into the world.
- to deliver (a baby): the doctor brought many children into the world.
- for any consideration, however great: She wouldn't come to visit us for all the world.
- in every respect; precisely: You look for all the world like my Aunt Mary.
- at all; ever: I never in the world would have believed such an obvious lie.
- from among all possibilities: Where in the world did you find that hat?
Origin of world
British Dictionary definitions for set the world on fire (1 of 2)
- (of a midwife, doctor, etc) to deliver (a baby)
- to give birth to
Word Origin for world
British Dictionary definitions for set the world on fire (2 of 2)
noun The World
Word Origin and History for set the world on fire
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.
Idioms and Phrases with set the world on fire (1 of 2)
set the world on fire
Perform an outstanding feat and win fame, as in An ambitious man, he longed to set the world on fire with his inventions. This hyperbolic expression uses set on fire in the sense of “arouse excitement in.” Also see set on fire, def. 2.
Idioms and Phrases with set the world on fire (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with world
- world is one's oyster, the
- world of good, a
- all over the place (world)
- best of both worlds
- bring into the world
- come up (in the world)
- dead to the world
- for all the world
- go out (of the world)
- in one's own world
- it's a small world
- laugh and the world laughs with you
- man of the world
- move up (in the world)
- not for all the tea in china (for the world)
- on earth (in the world), what
- on top of the world
- out of this world
- set the world on fire
- think a lot (the world) of
- third world
- with the best will in the world