- the totality of known or supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm.
- the whole world, especially with reference to humanity: a truth known throughout the universe.
- a world or sphere in which something exists or prevails: his private universe.
- Also called universe of discourse. Logic. the aggregate of all the objects, attributes, and relations assumed or implied in a given discussion.
- Also called universal set. Mathematics. the set of all elements under discussion for a given problem.
- Statistics. the entire population under study.
Origin of universe
Examples from the Web for universe
Nerd Cruise By Adam Rogers, Wired What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 22-28, 2014
December 28, 2014
It's about the delicate fabric of the universe and how our fragile insides crumble when that fabric is torn.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The observable Universe contains around 100 billion large galaxies and a comparable number of supermassive black holes.The Black Hole Tango
Matthew R. Francis
November 24, 2014
Our lives come and go quickly, only offering us glimpses of the slow evolution of the Universe.The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born
Matthew R. Francis
November 9, 2014
They don't call him the "Master of the Universe" for nothing.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims
November 6, 2014
Light seemed to be vanishing from the universe, leaving them alone with the sea.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Were I to be queen of the universe, that dignity should not absolve me from my duty to you and to my father.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Below, on the terrace, Viviette was walking, and she filled his universe.Viviette
William J. Locke
He has not put us into His Universe and left us to fend for ourselves.
As the son of God I am from everlasting to everlasting, a splendid being with the universe as my home.
- astronomy the aggregate of all existing matter, energy, and space
- human beings collectively
- a province or sphere of thought or activity
- statistics another word for population (def. 7)
Word Origin and History for universe
1580s, "the whole world, cosmos," from Old French univers (12c.), from Latin universum "the universe," noun use of neuter of adj. universus "all together," literally "turned into one," from unus "one" (see one) + versus, past participle of vertere "to turn" (see versus). Properly a loan-translation of Greek to holon "the universe," noun use of neuter of adj. holos "whole" (see safe (adj.)).
- The totality of matter, energy, and space, including the Solar System, the galaxies, and the contents of the space between the galaxies. Current theories of cosmology suggest that the universe is constantly expanding.