Definition of globe in English:



  • 1the globeThe earth.

    ‘goods from all over the globe’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is a rich anecdotal history of brands that have come out of nowhere and marched across the globe to world domination.’
    • ‘The overwhelming majority of the world's scientists now agree this is gradually warming the globe, and could see temperatures rise by as much as 6 degrees centigrade this century.’
    • ‘With little spare output capacity around the globe, analysts worry that oil producers would have a difficult time making up for shortfalls at a time of robust demand.’
    • ‘Arctic weather patterns have become a closely watched field in recent years because the region's climate is changing at a much faster pace than that of the rest of the globe.’
    • ‘Informed consumers and businesses around the globe are adopting this technology at a phenomenal rate.’
    • ‘His textbook has since been translated into nine different languages and is used by students at universities around the globe.’
    • ‘You know when the world is small when a kid in the garage can affect computers across the globe within 24 hours.’
    • ‘Not only has the idea of schooling spread across the globe but, argue world culture theorists, schooling all over the world takes the same general form.’
    • ‘‘It is a window to find new places and to tell readers around the globe about the world, its culture, its science and its nature,’ he said at the launch.’
    • ‘He believes Britain has some of the best schools and universities in the globe.’
    • ‘The company assists businesses and individuals across the globe in realizing their full potential.’
    • ‘Millions are used in factories, hospitals, universities around the globe for radiology, calibrating instruments and research.’
    • ‘In 1999, over 1800 delegates from around the globe attended the UNESCO World Conference on Science.’
    • ‘Conversations with students from all over the globe have made her world grow by leaps and bounds.’
    • ‘Owing to the advances in the growing field of information technology, colleges and universities around the globe have begun offering Internet-based courses.’
    • ‘Jazz musicians across the globe have strutted various worlds of music.’
    • ‘I think the European heatwave was rather local, it has affected the whole of Europe but on average there has been no increase in temperature over the whole globe.’
    • ‘These records indicate that the globe has had numerous ice-ages and warm periods in the past.’
    • ‘While evidence continues to mount that humans are heating the globe, the world's nations squabble over a complex fix too timid to solve the problem.’
    • ‘Circumnavigation of the globe changed the world from a flat map to a 3D sphere.’
    world, earth, universe, planet
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    1. 1.1 A spherical representation of the earth or of the constellations with a map on the surface.
      • ‘A seven-foot-tall statue at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy, shows the god Atlas kneeling with a globe weighing on his shoulders.’
      • ‘The pin, which was small and had no legible writing, most obviously contained a two-dimensionable representation of the globe, with an eagle above it.’
      • ‘Mapping out a giant globe is not easy, but luckily I am a super whiz at geometry.’
      • ‘The goal was to see if they could take the globe's touch-sensitive surface and apply it to paper.’
      • ‘The globes, massive representations of the map of the earth and the map of the stars, were offered as gifts to the King of France, Louis XIV.’
      • ‘Before, a good 70 per cent of people buying a globe or a framed map of the world said, ‘Is it going to match my furniture?’’
      • ‘This was common practice during the Renaissance, when the same craftsmen made both celestial spheres and Earth globes.’
      • ‘Each image above shows the globe of Phoebe, centered at the given longitude.’
      • ‘I rationalized this time span by calculating the surface area of the globe: 21 square feet.’
      • ‘Before its acquisition, the library's collection of approximately seventy globes from before 1900 consisted entirely of European and American examples.’
      • ‘He also fashioned one of the earliest surviving solid wooden globes made in America.’
      • ‘People in medieval Europe had chamber pots camouflaged in the shape of a giant leather-bound English classic on a wooden stool, ornate sofa chairs or even giant globes sitting on elaborately carved wooden frames.’
      • ‘Incidentally, globes representing the Earth are often made this way using a regular dodecagon as the equatorial base.’
      • ‘The opening scene from Casablanca, featuring a rotating globe and newsreel voiceover, blurs fictional and documentary forms.’
      • ‘On the parliament building, a giant globe looked like another planet, half dark, half lit.’
      • ‘To capture the effect of the shifting oceans, the globe rotates at one revolution per minute, while 67 internal lights slowly change the crystal oceans from blue to green to white.’
      • ‘The engraved numbers from 1 to 24 on the globe's equator rotate, showing local time.’
  • 2A spherical or rounded object.

    ‘orange trees clipped into giant globes’
    • ‘The fruit and veg stalls were amazing, piled high with fantastic looking produce, plum tomatoes, giant mangos, mountains of artichoke globes, cauliflowers bigger than footballs.’
    • ‘For a moment, the immense globes of her eyes are convex mirrors in which we might, were this not a picture, witness our own gaze.’
    • ‘The massive ship's boilers were easily recognised, piercing the gloom like giant globes.’
    • ‘It's even less traditional up the stairwells where giant alien globes have landed, masquerading as light fittings.’
    • ‘Located in front of the white EPOCS Specter, are two solid black globes moving with precision in the space above the awed technicians.’
    • ‘I asked if the globes looked red or purple and the gentleman said, as they were driving past in the car, that they were not sure whether they were purple or more of a red colour.’
    • ‘Banks of white arum lilies and the blue globes of agapanthus lined the Levada do Norte, along with oleander bushes in full bloom.’
    • ‘It resembled a globe on a cylinder, with two nacelles.’
    • ‘It flexed its toes, opened giant wings, and soared off its globe, out over the rooftops of the great city, down to the small curled body on the pavement.’
    • ‘You will undoubtedly discover that spiky misshapen globes, with occasional squidgy and sticky bits, are not the easiest things to hold for a long time.’
    • ‘Others were a little eccentric and gave away yo-yos, 3D paper buses and stress globes.’
    • ‘The two fish were paired with fresh vegetables and tiny fried potato globes, which were all brought nicely together by a rich cream sauce and punctuated with a brilliant red burst of caviar.’
    • ‘The globes sell for about $350, but officials estimated that it could be worth $5,000 or more due to its historical interest.’
    • ‘We are also told to post little globes everywhere.’
    • ‘Translucent yellow globes dangle from long chains over a rectangle of couches and uncomfortable bamboo chairs.’
    • ‘There's a couple of blue-glazed ceramic globes in the garden, good for an unfocussed gaze.’
    • ‘Divert the eye with stylish planting, such as a bed of Iceberg roses underplanted with Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’, contained by large boxwood globes.’
    • ‘I see oriental paper globes hanging like decomposing cocoons while exotic candles overload the dusty air with their stale perfume’
    • ‘The radar can spot both horizontal and vertical reflections, which are presented as globes on a grid.’
    • ‘We call these solids Archimedean globes in honor of Archimedes, who treated the case n = 4.’
    sphere, orb, ball, spheroid, round
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    1. 2.1 A glass sphere protecting a light.
      ‘a security light with a frosted glass globe’
      • ‘Lamps behind globes of milky glass flickered softly, exaggerating the shadows in the carved wall panels, barely lighting the rows of books nestled on their shelves behind latticed glass doors.’
      • ‘Others, such as the fitting of AAA-rated taps and shower roses, or the use of compact fluorescent globes for lighting, can be applied cheaply and easily to all houses.’
      • ‘People left their curtains open and some even found coloured globes to light outside their homes.’
      • ‘The tiny globes emitted light 35 times more intensely back toward the laser source than in any other direction.’
      • ‘Three glass globe lights hang from the ceiling and some original wall-mounted bronze toned light fittings survive.’
      • ‘Just recently, I remembered and I went to renew the light globes.’
      • ‘He had a prominent scar across his nose, and he could bend it almost flat to his face - it had been broken from the glass globe on a falling light fixture.’
      • ‘In the main dining room, clusters of luminous glass globes float over diners; and in private rooms indirect luminance is diffused by suspended plates of translucent glass held in metal frames.’
      • ‘A few candles were lit, each within a small glass globe.’
      • ‘As built, the steel tubing that upholds the light globes along the bridges was painted gold and copper, as were the metal window frames of the auditorium.’
      • ‘When a lava lamp is turned on, an ordinary 40-watt bulb illuminates and warms the contents of the glass globe.’
      • ‘Invert a glass globe that normally goes over an electric ceiling light fixture, tuck a tea light inside, and you've got a holiday lantern.’
      • ‘It was a large room lit by a chandelier of gas lamps in pale glass globes; if there were windows they were behind the heavy green drapes opposite.’
    2. 2.2 A drinking glass shaped approximately like a sphere.
      ‘a brandy globe’
      • ‘Brandy should be sniffed, and the globe of a brandy snifter encourages the aroma to rise before you take a sip.’
    3. 2.3 A golden orb as an emblem of sovereignty.
      ‘a female figure holding a sceptre and globe’
      • ‘A high cap surrounded by three crowns and bearing a globe surmounted by a cross.’
      • ‘Aeternitas standing to the left, holding globe and sceptre.’
      • ‘Female standing right, presenting wreath to emperor standing left, holding globe and sceptre.’
  • 3NZ Australian A lightbulb.


[with object]literary
  • Form (something) into a globe.

    ‘there, in miniature, the world was globed like a fruit’
    • ‘It has become ‘one of those globed compacted things over which thought lingers, and love plays’, its iconic significance guaranteed by Lily's own deep need for harmony and form.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘spherical object’): from Old French, or from Latin globus.