global

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adjective glob·al \ˈglō-bəl\

Definition of global

  1. 1 :  spherical

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or involving the entire world :  worldwide a global system of communication; also :  of or relating to a celestial body (such as the moon)

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or applying to a whole (such as a mathematical function or a computer program) :  universal a global search of a file

globally

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Examples of global in a Sentence

  1. English is becoming a global language.

  2. The program allows users to do global searches through all the available data.

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Origin and Etymology of global

see 1globe


First Known Use: 1637



GLOBAL Defined for English Language Learners

global

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Definition of global for English Language Learners

  • : involving the entire world

  • : involving all of something and especially a computer system, file, etc.


GLOBAL Defined for Kids

global

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adjective glob·al \ˈglō-bəl\

Definition of global for Students

  1. 1 :  in or having to do with the whole earth the global economy

  2. 2 :  shaped like a globe


Medical Dictionary

global

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adjective glob·al \ˈglō-bəl\

Medical Definition of global

  1. 1:  having the shape of a globe

  2. 2a:  of, relating to, or involving the entire world global health conditionsb:  of, relating to, or involving the globe of the eye global anesthesia in cataract surgery

  3. 3a:  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 Sacksb:  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

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