world war

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world′ war′


n.
a war that involves most of the principal nations of the world.
[1910–15]
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Noun1.world war - a war in which the major nations of the world are involved
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
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And she'll imagine the grimy place where Princess Di crashed as the precursor to World War Four.
Conceiving Revolution: Irish Nationalist Propaganda During the First World War Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2001, [pounds sterling]19.
Also on this day: 30 BC: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, committed suicide; 1855: Death of Irish chartist leader Feargus Edward O'Connor; 1860: First British tram service began at Birkenhead; 1901: The vacuum cleaner was patented by Hubert Cecil Booth after he reversed the action of a dustblowing machine; 1939: Evacuation of children from British cities to the countryside began with the outbreak of the Second World War four days away; 1941: Start of the siege of Leningrad; 1963: The 'hotline' between the US president and the Soviet premier established.