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World appears in the following tongue twister:

  • World Wide Web

World appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Do not be wed: I, W.D.L., row on no World Wide Web to nod.
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Usage statistics for the noun world:

spoken English28.09%written English71.91% conversational speech25.11%task-oriented speech74.89% imaginative writing36.56%informational writing63.44%
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World is sometimes a misspelling of world's.

The word world is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun world

What does world mean as a name of something?

World is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: worlds

  1. everything that exists anywhere
  2. people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest
  3. all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
    • examples: his world was shattered | we live in different worlds
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of world: reality
    • more generic word: experience = the content of direct observation or participation in an event
    • more specific terms: real world / real life = the practical world as opposed to the academic world
  4. the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
    • example: he sailed around the world
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of world: earth / globe
    • instance of: terrestrial planet = a planet having a compact rocky surface like the Earth's
    • member of: solar system = the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
  5. people in general considered as a whole
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of world: populace / public
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
    • more specific word: admass = the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media
    • member: audience = the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment
  6. a part of the earth that can be considered separately
    • examples: the outdoor world | the world of insects
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: part / piece = a portion of a natural object
  7. the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife
    • example: they consider the church to be independent of the world
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of world: earth / earthly concern / worldly concern
    • more generic word: concern = something that interests you because it is important or affects you
  8. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

Alternative definition of the noun world


  1. [context: with “the”] Human collective existence; existence in general.
  2. The Universe.
    • [uncountable, with “the”] The earth.
    • [countable] A planet,especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.
    • An individual or group perspective or social setting.
    • A great amount.

    Definition of the adjective world

    What does world mean as an attribute of a noun?

    adjective - degrees: -

    1. involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope

    Definition of the verb world

    What does world mean as a doing word?


    1. to consider or cause to be considered from a global perspective; to consider as a global whole, rather than making or focussing on national or other distinctions; cf to globalise
    2. to make real; to make worldly


    1. world a.k.a. Earth, also known as the World, Terra, or Gaia, is the third planet from the Sun, the densest planet in the Solar System, the largest of the Solar System's four terrestrial planets, and the only celestial body known to accommodate life. The Earth's biodiversity has evolved over hundreds of million years, expanding continually except when punctuated by mass extinctions. It is home to over eight million species. There are over 7.2 billion humans who depend upon its biosphere and minerals. The Earth's human population is divided among about two hundred independent states that interact through diplomacy, conflict, travel, trade, and media.
    2. World is a Periodical Subject.
      • also known as Worldwide

    There are other places with in their name, like World's, World..., Fun-World, New World, Arab world, Kids World, Snow World, Dream World, Lotte World, space-world, Whale World, World Forum, World Ocean, World's End, Aussie World, Disney World, Monkey World, Moomin World, Orange World.


    World is an experimental, psychedelic rock duo that features White Rainbow's Adam Forkner and Honey Owens. Their music is influenced by various flavours of folk music from across the globe. Their debut CD was released in late 2005 on Marriage Records.


    1. World a.k.a. World Airways, Inc., was an American airline headquartered in Peachtree City, Georgia in Greater Atlanta. For the most part, the company operated non-scheduled services.
    2. World a.k.a. Folk is a record label.
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    1. "World" is a song from the Bee Gees' fourth album Horizontal, released in 1967 in the United Kingdom. Though it was a big hit in Europe, Atco Records did not issue it as a single in the United States. Atco had issued a third single from Bee Gees' 1st, "Holiday", instead of "World", and now in effect issued the delayed "Massachusetts" in the US, using its B side "Sir Geoffrey Saved the World".
    2. "World" is the second studio album by British synthpop / dance band D:Ream, released in 1995. It was to be their final studio release before their disbanding in 1997, and their re-forming in the late 2000s.
    3. "World" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Five for Fighting. It was released in November 2006 as the second single from the album Two Lights. It reached number 14 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.
    4. "World" is a song by James Brown. It was released as a two-part single and charted #8 R&B and #37 Pop. Critic Douglas Wolk described the song as "overwrought".
    5. "World" is a musical single of Blow Up.
      • released in (24 years ago)
    6. "World" is a musical album of Shady.
      • released on (20 years ago)
    7. "World" is a 1962 album by The Bee Gees.
    8. "World" is a musical single of The Babystars.
      • released on (9 years ago)
    9. "World" is a musical album of Gerry Wall.
      • released on (5 years ago)
    10. "World" is a musical album of Croc Shop.
      • released on (12 years ago)
    11. "World" is a musical album of Schneller Autos Organisation.
      • released in (12 years ago)
    12. "World" is a musical EP of Red Sand.
      • released in (10 years ago)
    13. "World" is a musical album of World.
      • released in (10 years ago)
    14. "World" is a musical EP of Deterior.
      • released on (8 years ago)
    15. "World" is a musical album of Aed Carabao.
    16. "World" is a musical album of Longinus.
    17. "World" is a musical single of Five for Fighting.


    1. "World" a.k.a. "The World" is a 2004 Chinese film written and directed by Jia Zhangke. Starring Jia's muse, Zhao Tao, as well as Chen Taisheng, The World was filmed on and around an actual theme park located in Beijing, Beijing World Park, which recreates world landmarks at reduced scales for Chinese tourists. The World was Jia's first to gain official approval from the Chinese government. Additionally, it was the first of his films to take place outside of his home province of Shanxi.
    2. "World" is a short film, directed by Jordan Belson.


    1. World is a biweekly Christian news magazine, published in the United States by God's World Publications, a non-profit 501 organization based in Asheville, North Carolina. World differs from most other news magazines in that its declared perspective is one of Christian right evangelical Protestantism. Its mission statement is "To report, interpret, and illustrate the news in a timely, accurate, enjoyable, and arresting fashion from a perspective committed to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.
    2. World is a United States over-the-air digital subchannel showing public TV non-fiction, science, nature, news, public affairs and documentaries. It is contributed to by the Public Broadcasting Service, WGBH-TV, WNET, and administered by American Public Television.
    3. World a.k.a. The New York World was a newspaper published in New York City from 1860 until 1931. The paper played a major role in the history of American newspapers. It was a leading national voice of the Democratic Party. From 1883 to 1911 under publisher Joseph Pulitzer, it became a pioneer in yellow journalism, capturing readers' attention and pushing its daily circulation to the one-million mark.
    4. World: De wereld is een begrip uit het christendom.
    5. World: In philosophy, the World is everything that makes up reality. While clarifying the concept of world has arguably always been among the basic tasks of Western philosophy, this theme appears to have been raised explicitly only at the start of the twentieth century and has been the subject of continuous debate. The question of what the world is has by no means been settled.
    6. World is a series of special reports from PBS.
      • genres: Documentary film, News
      • award: - Peabody Award (The Red Army), received by ITV Granada & WGBH
    7. World is a television program that showcased international documentaries.
      • genre: Documentary film
      • award: - Peabody Award, received by WGBH

    Phrases with World

    Phrases starting with the word World:

    1. world ash
    2. world cup
    3. world war
    4. world bank
    5. World line
    6. World Soul
    7. world view
    8. world-wide

    Phrases ending with the word World:

    1. Hub World
    2. new world
    3. old world
    4. old-world
    5. Rna World
    6. free world
    7. real world
    8. Real-World
    9. First World
    10. Hello World
    11. Malay World
    12. third world

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for World

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    Google previewWebster's New World Dictionary (2003)

    by Victoria Neufeldt, Andrew N. Sparks, Webster's New World

    Webster's New World Victoria Neufeldt, Andrew N. Sparks. DICTIONARY STAFF Editor in Chief Victoria Neufeldt Executive Editor Michael Agnes Project Editor Andrew N. Sparks Managing Editor James J. Heaney Editorial Staff Jonathan L.

    Google previewWorld Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (2014)

    Volume 1: Europe by Peter Nagy, Philippe Rouyer

    During World War II, Slovenia was occupied by the Germans, Italians and Hungarians. After the war, Slovenia remained part of Yugoslavia, which, following the example of the Soviet Union, became a socialist federal state. After the ...

    Google previewThe Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism (2007)

    by Olivier Roy, Antoine Sfeir

    The day after September n, 2001, the world became aware of an Islam whose existence it had scarcely suspected. At once, misunderstandings began to gain currency. It was supposed that all Arabs are Muslims, forgetting that there are some ...

    Google previewWorld Encyclopaedia of Nations and Nationalities (1997)

    by E.G. Ravenstein & A.H. Keane, Elisée Reclus

    There are several experiments underway across the world, and India is one such country where many teacher education programmes are under trail and implementation. This Encyclopaedia of Teacher Education explains many teacher ...

    Google previewFood Cultures of the World Encyclopedia [4 volumes] (2011)

    [Four Volumes] by Ken Albala

    Until the 18th century, Yemen dominated the world coffee trade; then, Dutch coffee enthusiasts obtained coffee beans to grow in Indonesia (hence the slang term java), and other countries developed coffee crops. Yemen no longer ranks even ...

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    Usage statistics about world

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Usage statistics for the noun world:

    spoken English28.09%written English71.91% conversational speech25.11%task-oriented speech74.89% imaginative writing36.56%informational writing63.44%

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun world:


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    Small photo of Multinational football supporters celebrating the begin of world competition - Happy multiracial people having fun together outside of stadium - Main focus on black man - Sport and bonding conceptSmall photo of Football supporter fans friends cheering and watching soccer cup match at intenational stadium - Young people group with multicolored t-shirts having excited fun on sport world championship conceptSmall photo of Orlando, Florida, USA - July 29, 2016: Entrance of Walt Disney World near OrlandoSmall photo of Washington DC, USA - March 4, 2017: World Bank Group headquarters entrance, modern glass building with street during evening sunsetSmall photo of WASHINGTON, DC - APR. 28, 2017: Main World Bank Building in downtown Washington, DC. 18th Street & Pennsylvania Ave. with "End Poverty" banners on side.Small photo of Happy supporters from different countries watching football on smartphone with online sport subscription - Main focus on center man - Crazy fan celebrating a goal in world soccer game - Fun conceptSmall photo of Double exposure world map and connection line on city background. Elements of this image furnished by NASA More...

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    Quotes about World

    The World?
    The World Is Big, The World Is Wide
    The World Is Always On Your Side
    The World Is Holding You Up But Keeping You Down
    The World Is There When You Fall On The Ground
    The World Is Safe.. For Now. (Brianna Austin)
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    Scrabble value of W4O1R1L1D2

    The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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