universe

noun
uni·​verse | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs How to pronounce universe (audio) \

Definition of universe

1 : the whole body of things and phenomena observed or postulated : cosmos: such as
a : a systematic whole held to arise by and persist through the direct intervention of divine power
b : the world of human experience
c(1) : the entire celestial cosmos
(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
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

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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.
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The observations also provided strong support for cosmic inflation, the idea that the universe expanded much faster than the speed of light in the first few tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Observations of the Early Universe Reaffirm the Existence of Dark Matter and Dark Energy," 18 July 2018 Similarly, in 1998 cosmologists found evidence the universe is expanding faster than expected, driven by an even more mysterious dark energy. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Einstein’s Greatest Theory Validated on a Galactic Scale," 22 June 2018 Astronomers also use light emitted by supernovas as a sort of cosmic yardstick to understand how quickly the universe is expanding. NBC News, "5 ways the world's fastest supercomputer could change the world," 18 June 2018 Best Time to Listen: Driving down the highway at sunset; lying in bed slightly stoned and thinking about the universe. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Sound On: The Best Music of April 2019," 1 May 2019 Disney+ will also sstrean all the titles under Pixar, 20th Century Fox, the Marvel universe, National Geographic, and Star Wars. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Disney Just Announced Its New Streaming Platform, and It's Just $7 a Month," 12 Apr. 2019 The Large Hadron Collider is the largest machine ever built, and scientists have used it to uncover all manner of secrets about the universe. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Planning a New Particle Collider That Absolutely Dwarfs the LHC," 16 Jan. 2019 Where American companies are likely to have a chance would be to work in a simple, nontangled part of this parallel universe such as doing something brand new. Yun-hee Kim, WSJ, "China’s Race to Dominate AI," 12 Nov. 2018 Humans have pondered the mysteries of the universe for millennia, tracking the sun’s vibrant motion, the moon’s beguiling cycle, and the swirl of boundless stars overhead. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of universe

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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universe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of 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

noun
uni·​verse | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs How to pronounce universe (audio) \

Kids Definition of universe

: all created things including the earth and heavenly bodies viewed as making up one system

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