glob·​ule | \ ˈglä-(ˌ)byül How to pronounce globule (audio) \

Definition of globule

: a tiny globe or ball especially of a liquid globules of mercury

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Synonyms for globule


bead, blob, driblet, drip, drop, droplet, glob

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Examples of globule in a Sentence

fat globules of hot wax dripping onto the table

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Vesicles are microscopic globules within cells that contain tiny bits of biological material. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "The Mysterious Interior World of Exercise," 24 Jan. 2018 Milk contains both fat globules and tiny capsules of protein, and both play a role in the type of foam produced. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Magic Microbubbles of the Barista," 6 Sep. 2018 Monumentally weird, aggressively perverse, and not infrequently nauseating, Ballard’s most infamous novel is a raw tapestry of mucous membranes and mucilage, gristle and gore and globules of semen. Becca Rothfeld, The New Republic, "J.G. Ballard’s Eerily Accurate Dystopias," 14 Mar. 2018 Then, looking at tattoo biopsies under the microscope, scientists saw macrophages laden with ink globules, and the story of tattoos became one of the immune system. Steph Yin, New York Times, "The Cells That Eat, Regurgitate and Eat Your Tattoos Again," 6 Mar. 2018 The Japanese Coast Guard has announced that black globules had been found on at least nine islands along the chain between Okinawa and the main Japanese islands. Steven Lee Myers And Javier C. HernÁndez, New York Times, "A Nearly Invisible Oil Spill Threatens Some of Asia’s Richest Fisheries," 12 Feb. 2018 My high-tech globule was air-conditioned, with a huge bed perfect for stargazing. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian, "Why Americans Are Suddenly Flocking to This Gorgeous Caribbean Island," 22 Jan. 2018 In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients by hand, making sure to squeeze the mixture through fingers to blend and bond, especially the bread, which tends to form little globules. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Timpano-perfect Mini Meatballs," 16 Jan. 2018 One type of muon detector, called a nuclear emulsion film, catches muons as lines of little black globules. Ben Guarino, Alaska Dispatch News, "Cosmic rays reveal mysterious void in Egypt’s Great Pyramid," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of globule

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for globule

French, from Latin globulus, diminutive of globus

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The first known use of globule was in 1661

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English Language Learners Definition of globule

: a tiny ball of something (such as a thick liquid)


glob·​ule | \ ˈglä-byül How to pronounce globule (audio) \

Kids Definition of globule

: a small round mass


glob·​ule | \ ˈgläb-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce globule (audio) \

Medical Definition of globule

: a small globular body or mass (as a drop of water or a bead of sweat) globules of fat specifically : a small spherical pill of compressed sugar usually saturated with an alcoholic tincture and used in homeopathy

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