Definition of universe
1 : the whole body of things and phenomena observed or postulated : cosmos: such asa : a systematic whole held to arise by and persist through the direct intervention of divine powerb : the world of human experiencec (1) : the entire celestial cosmos (2) : milky way galaxy (3) : an aggregate of stars comparable to the Milky Way galaxy
2 : a distinct field or province of thought or reality that forms a closed system or self-inclusive and independent organization
3 : population 4
4 : a set that contains all elements relevant to a particular discussion or problem
5 : a great number or quantity <a large enough universe of stocks … to choose from — G. B. Clairmont>
Examples of universe in a sentence
How many stars are there in the universe?
It means more to me than anything else in the entire universe.
She is convinced that parallel universes exist.
He creates his own universe in his novels.
New York City is the center of the publishing universe.
Origin and Etymology of universe
Middle English, from Latin universum, from neuter of universus entire, whole, from uni- + versus turned toward, from past participle of vertere to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: 1589
UNIVERSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of universe for English Language Learners
the universe : all of space and everything in it including stars, planets, galaxies, etc.
: an area of space or a world that is similar to but separate from the one that we live in
: the people, places, experiences, etc., that are associated with a particular person, place, or thing
UNIVERSE Defined for Kids
Definition of universe for Students
: all created things including the earth and heavenly bodies viewed as making up one system
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