First World War


: the war that was fought mainly in Europe from 1914 to 1918

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Recent Examples on the Web Stay Curious: Every Single Aircraft Carrier in the World 5 Verdun The nearly year-long Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of the First World War. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2023 Across roughly six hours of video lectures, Slack gives an overview of leftist movements since the First World War, explaining the influence of figures such as Antonio Gramsci and John Rawls. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2023 The cruise came just a few years after the world and its borders were disrupted by the First World War. Francesca Street, CNN, 30 Mar. 2023 Actually the population of the number of horses and mules—that is draft animals in agriculture in the U.S.—peaked only at the end of the First World War. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Apr. 2021

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“First World War.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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