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world-building

or world·build·ing

[ wurld-bil-ding ]
/ ˈwɜrldˌbɪl dɪŋ /
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noun

the process of developing a detailed and plausible fictional world for a novel or story, especially in science fiction, fantasy, and video games: Drawing a convincing map with boundaries and landscape features is a natural starting point for world-building.

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Also world build·ing .

Origin of world-building

First recorded in 1820–25, referring to or contrasted with the Biblical creation of the world

OTHER WORDS FROM world-building

world-build, verb (used without object)
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