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Definition: 1. (the world) the earth with everybody and everything on it. 2. (the world) the course of human affairs. 3. (the world) secular affairs as distinguished from religious or spiritual matters. 4. (the world) the human race. 5. a. (the world) secular affairs as distinguished from religious and ecclesiastical matters. b. existence during life or after death in this world and the next . 6. a. a division, section, or generation of the inhabitants of the earth distinguished by living together at the same place or at the same time the medieval world . b. a distinctive class of people or their sphere of interest the academic world . 7. (the world) human society or social interaction All the world knows that . 8. a part or section of the world considered as a separate independent unit. 9. the personal environment of one's life or work. 10. an indefinite or very great number or amount makes a world of difference . 11. a planet, esp one that is inhabited. 12. (used before a noun) of the whole world. 13. a. (used before a noun) of the whole world the world championship . b. (used before a noun) extending or found throughout the world; worldwide
Source: The Penguin English Dictionary. London: Penguin, 2007. Credo Reference. Web. 28 August 2012.