- A round or spherical body, solid or hollow; a body whose surface is in every part equidistant from the center; a ball; a sphere.
- Anything which is nearly spherical or globular in shape; as, the globe of the eye; the globe of a lamp.
- The earth; the terraqueous ball; -- usually preceded by the definite article.
- A round model of the world; a spherical representation of the earth or heavens; as, a terrestrial or celestial globe ; -- called also artificial globe.
- A body of troops, or of men or animals, drawn up in a circle; -- a military formation used by the Romans, answering to the modern infantry square."Him round
A globe of fiery seraphim inclosed." [Milton.]synonyms: Globe Sphere Orb Ball.
Usage: Globe denotes a round, and usually a solid body; sphere is the term applied in astronomy to such a body, or to the concentric spheres or orbs of the old astronomers; orb is used, especially in poetry, for globe or sphere, and also for the pathway of a heavenly body; ball is applied to the heavenly bodies concieved of as impelled through space.
Etymology: L. globus, perh. akin to L. glomus a ball of yarn, and E. clump golf: cf. F. globe