Definition of universe in English:



  • 1the universeAll existing matter and space considered as a whole; the cosmos. The universe is believed to be at least 10 billion light years in diameter and contains a vast number of galaxies; it has been expanding since its creation in the Big Bang about 13 billion years ago.

    • ‘If the universe is expanding at any time and is closed, the expansion will slow down in the future.’
    • ‘The basic idea behind inflation is that a repulsive form of gravity caused the universe to expand.’
    • ‘So the question then is how much information has the universe processed since the Big Bang?’
    • ‘In the universe matter and physical space are in permanent dynamic equilibrium.’
    • ‘You can see this very clearly in the physical sciences - do we have one universe or parallel universes?’
    • ‘Among the many mysteries in the universe is the dark matter in galaxies and clusters.’
    • ‘In the initial stages of the big bang the universe existed in a highly compressed state.’
    • ‘For a few millennia after the Big Bang, the universe was dense, turbulent, and unimaginably hot.’
    • ‘Theory predicts that there is five times more dark matter than ordinary matter in the universe.’
    • ‘If you really believe that the universe is infinite than you must also accept that godlike things will exist.’
    • ‘At the moment they believe the universe to be expanding, or contracting, or both.’
    • ‘Others believe that the universe was created as a whole by a single all-powerful entity.’
    • ‘Instead, the earth was envisaged as one planet amongst the vast, empty time and space of the universe.’
    • ‘Why can't we believe that the universe is infinite, both in size and duration?’
    • ‘They want to believe the universe is an elegant universe-and it's not so elegant.’
    • ‘He remembered clearly looking back at the stars, glinting at him across a million light years of the universe.’
    • ‘Many people want to find God in the creation of the universe, in the big bang that started it all off.’
    • ‘Light from the object began its long journey across space when the universe was less than a billion years old.’
    • ‘Here he describes how black holes might spawn new universes.’
    • ‘This implied that the universe was expanding and led the way to the Big Bang theory.’
    cosmos, macrocosm, totality, whole world, creation, space, outer space, the heavens, the firmament
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  • 2A particular sphere of activity or experience.

    ‘the front parlour was the hub of her universe’
    • ‘Both the material and metaphysical universes of the indigenous people were turned upside down.’
    • ‘It's like she and I are in two entirely different universes, and it's hard for us to relate.’
    • ‘After all, they come not merely of different worlds, but, in effect, different universes.’
    • ‘In an elegant book, these parallel universes are the sole source of irritation.’
    • ‘And this is not exactly rocket science because the survey universes are clearly different.’
    • ‘Already, we are worlds away from the universes of The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing.’
    • ‘It could work in the same way that comic books bridge universes, so to speak.’
    • ‘All movement between universes is closely monitored, trespassing is severely punished.’
    • ‘These fashion universes are not parallel, but keep in constant touch with one another.’
    • ‘We cannot help but sense that we are trespassing on a hundred very private, vanished universes.’
    • ‘We try and create universes in which we constantly ask ourselves how much we really want to show and how much we want to leave in the dark.’
    • ‘Artists began illustrating their own, internal worlds, creating their own universes.’
    • ‘Flynn remembers meeting them in a challenge game a few years back in Ballymun but aside from that they have inhabited separate universes.’
    • ‘I knew that Truth was peace and joy and I knew it was effortless, but thinking this and experiencing this are universes apart.’
    • ‘They spiced up our holiday and enabled us to discover their universes and their cultures, familial and national.’
    • ‘Some of these are small enough in our moral universes to almost vanish.’
    • ‘Second, the five core features do not inhabit separate universes.’
    • ‘Are we to consider our own dreams as the raw material to be understood as the basis of our own closed universes?’
    • ‘It was as though the two men inhabited completely un-related moral universes.’
    province, world, sphere, preserve, domain, circle, milieu, territory, quarter
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  • 3Logic

    another term for universal set
    • ‘This arrangement, however, has the unusual feature that, for every grammatical subject of such a universally quantified sentence, there will be a different universe of discourse.’
    • ‘In such a universe of discourse, one opinion is as good as another since none has foundations any stronger than the claims offered by each other's rhetorical cheering squads, thus leaving everything ‘indeterminate.’’
    • ‘Also challenged is the view that conversion entails changes in the beliefs, values, identities, and the universe of discourse of individuals.’
    • ‘Similarly, one can prove the consistency of predicate logic (or the pure epsilon calculus), by specializing to interpretations where the universe of discourse has a single element.’
    • ‘As with the term ‘evidence’ as used to describe the material before the delegates, it seems to be borrowed from the universe of discourse which has civil litigation as its subject.’


Late Middle English: from Old French univers or Latin universum, neuter of universus ‘combined into one, whole’, from uni- ‘one’ + versus ‘turned’ (past participle of vertere).