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terrestrial globe

  1. See under globe(def 3).
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Origin of terrestrial globe

First recorded in 1550–60


  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.
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verb (used with object), globed, glob·ing.
  1. to form into a globe.
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verb (used without object), globed, glob·ing.
  1. to take the form of a globe.
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Origin of globe

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French globe < Latin globus round body, ball, sphere
Related formsglobe·like, adjective

Synonyms for globe

1. See earth.
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British Dictionary definitions for terrestrial globe


  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. Australian, NZ and Southern African an electric light bulb
  6. an orb, usually of gold, symbolic of authority or sovereignty
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  1. to form or cause to form into a globe
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Derived Formsglobelike, adjective

Word Origin for globe

C16: from Old French, from Latin globus
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Word Origin and History for terrestrial globe



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.

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