\ˈglōb \

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

b : earth sense 4

c : orb sense 5


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

Basketball fans girdle the globe, and the internet and a thousand cable N.B.A. channels have rendered loyalties mutable. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The East Has Fallen Off the Map," 3 July 2018 On Wednesday, under pressure from around the globe and his own party, President Trump signed an executive order to keep migrant families together. William Wan, Washington Post, "The trauma of separation lingers long after children are reunited with parents," 20 June 2018 Plastics in recycled fishing nets are being used to make an amazing array of products around the globe, and Alaska plans to get in on the action. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska crab shell extracts are being used to aid crop production and protect game meat from spoiling," 10 June 2018 With over 200 schools around the globe and 11 in Florida, the School of Rock franchise has become a force in musical education. Gabriel Poblete, miamiherald, "Youngsters make music at North Miami's new School of Rock | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Purdue University Professor Wally Tyner explains that the high prices are the result of a growing demand for petroleum fueled by strong economies around the globe and reductions in crude oil supplied from OPEC, Russia and Venezuela. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Here are the 10 cheapest gas prices in Indianapolis," 16 May 2018 But make no mistake about it; during her 33 years with the CIA, in the Directorate of Operations unit, Haspel oversaw some top secret spying missions around the globe and the horrendous torture of prisoners. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Gina Haspel, Trump’s Pick to Run the CIA, Is a Thug," 10 May 2018 Thousands juggled school with full-time employment, or parenthood, or volunteer work that carried them across the globe and back to ASU. Alden Woods, azcentral, "ASU graduates take on the world after changing their own to get a degree," 6 May 2018 With 850 lawyers worldwide, Shearman now has 22 offices around the globe and $917 million in revenues, according to the New York Law Journal. Houston Chronicle, "New York Law Firm Expands into Houston," 4 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to globe

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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 globe : the earth

: a round object


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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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