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1    the earth as a planet, esp. including its inhabitants  
2    mankind; the human race  
3    people generally; the public  
in the eyes of the world     
4    social or public life  
to go out into the world     
5    the universe or cosmos; everything in existence  
6    a complex united whole regarded as resembling the universe  
7    any star or planet, esp. one that might be inhabited  
8    often cap   a division or section of the earth, its history, or its inhabitants  
the Western World, the Ancient World, the Third World     
9    an area, sphere, or realm considered as a complete environment  
the animal world     
10    any field of human activity or way of life or those involved in it  
the world of television     
11    a period or state of existence  
the next world     
12    the total circumstances and experience of an individual that make up his life, esp. that part of it relating to happiness  
you have shattered my world     
13    a large amount, number, or distance  
worlds apart     
14    worldly or secular life, ways, or people  
15      (Logic)      See       possible world  
16    all the world and his wife   a large group of people of various kinds  
17    bring into the world  
a    (of a midwife, doctor, etc.) to deliver (a baby)  
b    to give birth to  
18    come into the world   to be born  
19    dead to the world  
Informal   unaware of one's surroundings, esp. fast asleep or very drunk  
20    for the world   used with a negative   for any inducement, however great  
21    for all the world   in every way; exactly  
22    give to the world   to publish  
23    in the world   usually used with a negative   (intensifier)  
no-one in the world can change things     
24    man (or woman) of the world   a man (or woman) experienced in social or public life  
25    not long for this world   nearing death  
26    on top of the world  
Informal   exultant, elated, or very happy  
27    Informal   wonderful; excellent  
28    set the world on fire   to be exceptionally or sensationally successful  
29    the best of both worlds   the benefits from two different or opposed ways of life, philosophies, etc.  
30    think the world of   to be extremely fond of or hold in very high esteem  
31    world of one's own   a state of mental detachment from other people  
32    world without end   for ever  
33    modifier   of or concerning most or all countries; worldwide  
world politics, a world record     
34    in combination   throughout the world  
     (Old English w(e)orold, from wer man + ald age, life; related to Old Frisian warld, wrald, Old Norse verold, Old High German wealt (German Welt))  

developing world  
      n      another name for       Third World  
First World War  
      n      another name for       World War I  
Fourth World  
1    the poorest countries in the most undeveloped parts of the world in Africa, Asia, and Latin America  
2    the poorest people in developed countries  
Free World  
      n   the. the non-Communist countries collectively, esp. those that are actively anti-Communist  
Industrial Workers of the World  
      n   the. an international revolutionary federation of industrial unions founded in Chicago in 1905: banned in the U.S. in 1949,   (Abbrev.)    IWW      See also       Wobbly  
lower world  
1    the earth as opposed to heaven or the spiritual world  
2       another name for       hell  
nether world  
1    the world after death; the underworld  
2    hell,   (Also called)    nether regions  
New World  
      n   the. the Americas; the western hemisphere  
New World monkey  
      n   any monkey of the family Cebidae, of Central and South America, having widely separated nostrils: many are arboreal and have a prehensile tail  
   Compare       Old World monkey  
Old World  
      n   that part of the world that was known before the discovery of the Americas, comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa; the eastern hemisphere  
      adj   of or characteristic of former times, esp., in Europe, quaint or traditional  
  old-worldly      adv  
Old World monkey  
      n   any monkey of the family Cercopithecidae, including macaques, baboons, and mandrills. They are more closely related to anthropoid apes than are the New World monkeys, having nostrils that are close together and nonprehensile tails  
other world  
      n   the spirit world or afterlife  
possible world  
      n     (Logic)   (in modal logic) a semantic device formalizing the notion of what the world might have been like. A statement is necessarily true if and only if it is true in every possible world  
Second World War  
      n      another name for       World War II  
Seven Wonders of the World  
      pl n   the seven structures considered by ancient and medieval scholars to be the most wondrous of the ancient world. The list varies, but generally consists of the Pyramids of Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Phidias' statue of Zeus at Olympia, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Pharos (or lighthouse) of Alexandria  
Third World  
      n   the less economically advanced countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America collectively, esp. when viewed as underdeveloped and as neutral in the East-West alignment. Also called: developing world  
undisputed world champion  
      n     (Boxing)   a boxer who holds the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Organization, and the International Boxing Federation world championship titles simultaneously  
World Bank  
      n   an international cooperative organization established in 1945 under the Bretton Woods Agreement to assist economic development, esp. of backward nations, by the advance of loans guaranteed by member governments,   (Officially called)    International Bank for Reconstruction and Development  
World Bank Group  
      n   the collective name for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation, and the International Development Association, whose headquarters are all in Washington  
      n   a person or thing that surpasses all others in its category; champion  
  world-beating      n, adj  
      adj   of or denoting someone with a skill or attribute that puts him or her in the highest class in the world  
a world-class swimmer     
World Council of Churches  
      n   the ecumenical fellowship of Churches other than the Roman Catholic Church, formally constituted at Amsterdam in 1948 for coordinated action in theological, ecclesiastical, and secular matters  
World Court  
      n      another name for       International Court of Justice  
World Cup  
      n   an international competition held between national teams in various sports, most notably association football  
World Health Organization  
      n   an agency of the United Nations, established in 1948 with headquarters in Geneva, responsible for coordinating international health activities, aiding governments in improving health services, etc.,   (Abbrev.)    WHO  
world language  
1    a language spoken and known in many countries, such as English  
2    an artificial language for international use, such as Esperanto  
      n     (Physics)   a line on a space--time path that shows the path of a body  
world music  
      n   popular music of various ethnic origins and styles outside the tradition of Western pop and rock music  
world power  
      n   a state that possesses sufficient power to influence events throughout the world  
World Series   , World's Series  
      n     (Baseball)   (in the U.S.) a best-of-seven playoff for the world championship between the two winning teams in the major leagues at the end of the season  
      adj   of enormous significance; momentous  
World Trade Organization  
      n   an international body concerned with promoting and regulating trade between its member states; established in 1995 as a successor to GATT  
      n      another word for       Weltanschauung  
World War I  
      n   the war (1914--18), fought mainly in Europe and the Middle East, in which the Allies (principally France, Russia, Britain, Italy after 1915, and the U.S. after 1917) defeated the Central Powers (principally Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey). The war was precipitated by the assassination of Austria's crown prince (Archduke Franz Ferdinand) at Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 and swiftly developed its major front in E France, where millions died in static trench warfare. After the October Revolution (1917) the Bolsheviks ended Russian participation in the war (Dec. 15, 1917). The exhausted Central Powers agreed to an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918 and quickly succumbed to internal revolution, before being forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles (June 28, 1919) and other treaties,   (Also called)    First World War, Great War  
World War II  
      n   the war (1939--45) in which the Allies (principally Britain, the Soviet Union, and the U.S.) defeated the Axis powers (principally Germany, Italy, and Japan). Britain and France declared war on Germany (Sept. 3, 1939) as a result of the German invasion of Poland (Sept. 1, 1939). Italy entered the war on June 10, 1940 shortly before the collapse of France (armistice signed June 22, 1940). On June 22, 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union and on Dec. 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor. On Sept. 8, 1943 Italy surrendered, the war in Europe ending on May 7, 1945 with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. The Japanese capitulated on Aug. 14, 1945 as a direct result of the atomic bombs dropped by the Americans on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,   (Also called)    Second World War  
      adj   no longer finding pleasure in living; tired of the world  
  world-weariness      n  
World Wide Web  
      n     (Computing)   a vast network of linked hypertext files, stored on computers throughout the world, that can provide a computer user with information on a huge variety of subjects,   (Abbrev.)    WWW  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    earth, earthly sphere, globe  
2    everybody, everyone, humanity, humankind, human race, man, mankind, men, the public, the race of man  
3    cosmos, creation, existence, life, nature, universe  
4    heavenly body, planet, star  
5    area, domain, environment, field, kingdom, province, realm, sphere, system  
6    age, days, epoch, era, period, times  
7    for all the world      exactly, in every respect, in every way, just as if, just like, precisely, to all intents and purposes  
8    on top of the world        (informal)   beside oneself with joy, cock-a-hoop, ecstatic, elated, exultant, happy, in raptures, on cloud nine     (informal)   overjoyed, over the moon     (informal)  
9    out of this world        (informal)   awesome     (slang)   bodacious     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   excellent, fabulous     (informal)   fantastic     (informal)   great     (informal)   incredible, indescribable, marvellous, superb, unbelievable, wonderful  

nether world     
Avernus, Hades, hell, infernal regions, nether regions, underworld  
next world     
afterlife, afterworld, heaven, hereafter, nirvana, paradise  
archaic, ceremonious, chivalrous, courtly, gallant, old-fashioned, picturesque, quaint, traditional  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

cyberspace world n.
A progressing virtual world of global computers having networks of interdependent information technology infrastructures, telecommunications networks and computer processing systems, in which online interaction takes place.

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electric spectrum of data creating, storing, retrieving and synchronizing
[Tech.];[Leg.] date relating to electric digits
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
intensifying expression, often used with "look"
he looked for all the world as if he was going to cry: il avait vraiment l'air d'être sur le point de pleurer
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
human or machine conduct socially acceptable in the cyber world
business operating in a "real world" not on the internet : like a department store, a car manufacturer
see : click and mortar : a business that combine new technologies and traditional business
a strategy video game originary from Japan, published by Nintendo. Now it is very popular everywhere around the world.
The name Pokémo ncomes from the words Pocket Monsters
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
government by revocable delegates chosen and controlled by groups of 25 delegators. Revocable delegates designated the higher levels : basis delegate, council delegate, deputy-delegate, national delegate, international delegate, and world delegate.
online footprint left by an user, available across the world wide web.
term used to reffer to a person that thinks the end of the world is near
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