global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Definition of global

1a : of, relating to, or involving the entire world : worldwide a global system of communication global economic problems global warfare — see also global village, global warming
b : of or relating to a spherical celestial body (such as the moon) For the Moon, the early formation of global crust was accompanied and succeeded for several hundred million years by a massive influx of projectiles …— James W. Head
2 : of, relating to, or applying to a whole (such as a mathematical function or a computer program) : universal a global search of a file Global search and replace can be harnessed to make this correction throughout the file almost instantaneously.— Shay Addams
3 of a medical condition : being particularly severe or encompassing in nature : having or exhibiting a broad or nearly complete effect … West suffered a stroke that left him with global aphasia: an inability to produce words or to understand words spoken to him.— Alison McCulloch The two other cases presented with milder characteristics, displaying global developmental delay and seizures.The Albany (Georgia) Herald
4 : having the shape of a globe : spherical a global mass

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Other Words from global

globally \ ˈglō-​bə-​lē How to pronounce globally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of global in a Sentence

English is becoming a global language. The program allows users to do global searches through all the available data.

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The Amazon also puts an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere and works to regulate global temperatures. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Timberland, Vans and The North Face will stop using Brazilian leather in Amazon protest," 30 Aug. 2019 The forest fires are contributing to higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to global temperatures rising. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "What’s Happening in the Amazon? Brazil’s Rainforest Has Been On Fire for Three Weeks," 25 Aug. 2019 But in 2017, as seasonal ice receded amid rising global temperatures, a tanker cleared the route without an icebreaker for the first time ever. NBC News, "Russia's 'floating Chernobyl' nuclear plant begins voyage north," 23 Aug. 2019 This past July was already the hottest month on record, but a burning Amazon is likely to kick the global temperature up even more. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "Why the Amazon’s On Fire, a Robocall Fight, and More News," 23 Aug. 2019 The new research used a new model known as Community Earth System Model-Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model—version 4 and found that a nuclear winter, lasting several years, would result in a severe global temperature drop. Fox News, "'Nuclear winter' coming? Nuclear war between US and Russia would cause catastrophic event, study confirms," 21 Aug. 2019 Last month, the outlet reports, global temperatures averaged 62.13 degrees — 1.71 degrees above the 20th century average. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Energy Star Says Thermostats Should Be Set to 78 Degrees in Summer, Infuriating Internet," 21 Aug. 2019 The average global temperature last month was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Wildfires are burning around the world. The most alarming is in the Amazon rainforest.," 20 Aug. 2019 Based on climate data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record across the globe, with an average global temperature of 62.11 degrees. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "July was Earth's hottest month ever, but Dallas-Fort Worth lucked out," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of global

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for global

see globe entry 1

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global

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of global

: involving the entire world
: involving all of something and especially a computer system, file, etc.

global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Kids Definition of global

1 : in or having to do with the whole earth the global economy
2 : shaped like a globe

global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Medical Definition of global

1 : having the shape of a globe
2a : of, relating to, or involving the entire world global health conditions
b : of, relating to, or involving the globe of the eye global anesthesia in cataract surgery
3 of a medical condition : being particularly severe or encompassing in nature : having or exhibiting a broad or nearly complete effect … West suffered a stroke that left him with global aphasia: an inability to produce words or to understand words spoken to him.— Alison McCulloch
4a : being comprehensive, all-inclusive, or complete global obstetric care transient global amnesia Akinesia was global, although rigidity and dystonia were strikingly unilateral in distribution.— Oliver Sacks
b : of, relating to, or constituting an organic whole : organismic … the newer psychiatry seeks to understand in a global way the dynamic structure of the patient's personality …Psychological Abstracts

Other Words from global

globally \ -​bə-​lē How to pronounce globally (audio) \ adverb

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