[ yoo-nuh-vurs ]
/ ˈyu nəˌvɜrs /
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.
Words nearby universe
Origin of universe
1325–75; Middle English < Old French univers < Latin ūniversum, noun use of neuter of ūniversus entire, all, literally, turned into one, equivalent to ūni- uni- + versus (past participle of vertere to turn)
OTHER WORDS FROM universesub·u·ni·verse, nounsu·per·u·ni·verse, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for universe of discourse (1 of 2)
universe of discourse
logic the complete range of objects, events, attributes, relations, ideas, etc, that are expressed, assumed, or implied in a discussion
British Dictionary definitions for universe of discourse (2 of 2)
/ (ˈjuːnɪˌvɜːs) /
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 for universe
C16: from French univers, from Latin ūniversum the whole world, from ūniversus all together, from uni- + vertere to turn
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Science definitions for universe of discourse
[ yōō′nə-vûrs′ ]
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.
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