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Definition of globe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something spherical or rounded: such as
a : a spherical representation of the earth, a celestial body, or the heavens


globed; globing

Definition of globe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form into a globe

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Synonyms for globe

Synonyms: Noun

ball, orb, sphere

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Examples of globe in a Sentence


She has a globe in her office. His fame has spread around the globe. The tree was decorated with colorful glass globes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To correct for this, the group made a white globe three feet in diameter, then projected a high-quality telescopic image onto it from down the hallway. Timothy Swindle, The Conversation, "Mapping the Moon for Apollo," 15 July 2019 Dwarf blue globe spruce was all the rage back when everyone wanted their garden to look like Martha Stewart’s. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: The things you think of — and cry about — when gardening," 13 July 2019 For decades, big shoe brands like Nike Inc. and Timberland have used a network of factories around the globe with millions of low-cost workers that now produce roughly 98% of what Americans put on their feet. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Red Wing, Iconic U.S. Shoe Maker, Labors Mightily to Bring Production Home," 12 July 2019 For four years, the food writer (and former EW staffer) traversed the globe with René Redzepi, head chef of Denmark’s Noma (voted the world’s best restaurant three years in a row), on a quest for new inspiration. Tyler Aquilina,, "7 amazing, mouth-watering new food memoirs for summer reading (and cookout inspiration)," 11 July 2019 Choirs from across Estonia and the globe undergo a rigorous audition process, then rehearse for up to two years. R.d. | Tallinn, The Economist, "The power and the passion of folk singing in Estonia," 11 July 2019 The Nicholsons have been working with her for the last three years and have traveled the world with her on tour, visiting places around the globe like the Singapore Grand Prix and NASA’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s What It’s Like to Travel the World With Ariana Grande," 9 July 2019 The future is in breaking singles that can speak to broad swaths of the U.S. (and the globe). August Brown, Detroit Free Press, "K-Pop is storming U.S. record biz, but can it fully cross over?," 5 July 2019 On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart flew toward Howland Island, one of the last stops on her attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Alec Forssmann, National Geographic, "Missing! The unsolved mystery of Amelia Earhart's last flight," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of globe


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for globe


Middle French, from Latin globus

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English Language Learners Definition of globe

: an object that is shaped like a large ball with a map of the world on it
: the earth
: a round object


\ ˈglōb How to pronounce globe (audio) \

Kids Definition of globe

1 : a round object : ball, sphere
3 : a round model of the earth used like a map


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