Definition of globe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡlōb/


1 (the globe) The earth: collecting goodies from all over the globe
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  • ‘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.
  • Owing to the advances in the growing field of information technology, colleges and universities around the globe have begun offering Internet-based courses.
  • Millions are used in factories, hospitals, universities around the globe for radiology, calibrating instruments and research.
1.1A spherical representation of the earth or of the constellations with a map on the surface.
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  • The goal was to see if they could take the globe's touch-sensitive surface and apply it to paper.
  • I rationalized this time span by calculating the surface area of the globe: 21 square feet.
  • 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.
2A spherical or rounded object: orange trees clipped into giant globes
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  • It's even less traditional up the stairwells where giant alien globes have landed, masquerading as light fittings.
  • The massive ship's boilers were easily recognised, piercing the gloom like 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.
2.1A glass sphere protecting a light.
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  • 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.
  • Since the vacuum of space would have no oxygen, a bare filament WOULD work as a light bulb without the glass globe.
  • Three glass globe lights hang from the ceiling and some original wall-mounted bronze toned light fittings survive.
2.2A drinking glass shaped approximately like a sphere: a brandy globe
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  • Brandy should be sniffed, and the globe of a brandy snifter encourages the aroma to rise before you take a sip.
  • If you're serious about your brandy, you should know that the classic globe-shaped snifter is not the best glass for tasting.
  • Brandy should be sniffed, and the globe of a brandy snifter encourages the aroma to rise before you take a sip.
2.3A golden orb as an emblem of sovereignty.
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  • A high cap surrounded by three crowns and bearing a globe surmounted by a cross.
  • Female standing right, presenting wreath to emperor standing left, holding globe and sceptre.
  • Aeternitas standing to the left, holding globe and sceptre.


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



Pronunciation: /-ˌlīk/
Example sentences
  • What's fun about this supposed UFO image is that it's from Florida, where the most commonly-cited UFOs are he somewhat globe-like objects that favour the Gulf Breeze area.
  • Set to run in this Sunday's edition is the new, decidedly youth-friendly logo that updates its old masthead-style with a red circle and globe-like ball.
  • He'd fixed a strong punch in a globe-like crystal bowl, with all kinds of liquors mixed into it - rum, gin, whiskey, vodka, juices and what not.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡlōboid/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Hymenaea courbaril has large seeds with non-photosynthetic globoid cotyledons.
  • It showed a dotlike or globoid expression in the perinuclear region, with no expression in stromal tissue.
  • Most of these contain a single globoid crystal.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡlōˌbōs/
Example sentences
  • Trees with this form have several to many lateral branches that compete with the central stem for dominance resulting in a spherical or globose crown.
  • The dorsal cup of younger species tends to be bowl shaped or globose, with a convex side profile.
  • They occur sporadically in many different kinds of trees and shrubs and come in all sizes and shapes, from small spindly clusters to large globose masses.


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

Words that rhyme with globe

daube, enrobe, Job, lobe, probe, robe, strobe

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Syllabification: globe

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