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u·ni·verse

 (yo͞o′nə-vûrs′)
n.
1. All space-time, matter, and energy, including the solar system, all stars and galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space, regarded as a whole.
2. A hypothetical whole of space-time, matter, and energy that is purported to exist simultaneously with but to be different from this universe: an alternate universe.
3.
a. A model or conception of the earth and everything else that exists: "Apart from celestial beings, the aboriginals' universe contained spirits of the land and sea" (Madhusree Mukerjee).
b. The human race or a subset of it: "It was a universe that took slavery for granted" (Adam Hochschild).
4. A sphere of interest, activity, or understanding: "their almost hermetically sealed-off universe of part-time jobs and study and improvised meals" (Sue Miller).
6. Statistics See population.

[Middle English, from Old French univers, from Latin ūniversum, from neuter of ūniversus, whole : ūnus, one; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots + versus, past participle of vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

universe

(ˈjuːnɪˌvɜːs)
n
1. (Astronomy) astronomy the aggregate of all existing matter, energy, and space
2. human beings collectively
3. a province or sphere of thought or activity
4. (Statistics) statistics another word for population7
[C16: from French univers, from Latin ūniversum the whole world, from ūniversus all together, from uni- + vertere to turn]

u•ni•verse

(ˈyu nəˌvɜrs)

n.
1. the totality of known or supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm.
2. the whole world, esp. with reference to humanity.
3. a world or sphere in which something exists or prevails.
4. Also called u′niverse of dis′course.Logic. the aggregate of all the objects, attributes, and relations assumed or implied in a given discussion.
[1325–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin ūniversus entire, all, literally, turned into one =ūni- ūni- + versus, past participle of vertere to turn]

u·ni·verse

(yo͞o′nə-vûrs′)
All matter and energy, including Earth, the galaxies, and the contents of the space between the galaxies, regarded as a whole.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.universe - everything that exists anywhereuniverse - everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"
natural object - an object occurring naturally; not made by man
extragalactic nebula, galaxy - (astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust; "`extragalactic nebula' is a former name for `galaxy'"
celestial body, heavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky
closed universe - (cosmology) a universe that is spatially closed and in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter
estraterrestrial body, extraterrestrial object - a natural object existing outside the earth and outside the earth's atmosphere
natural order - the physical universe considered as an orderly system subject to natural (not human or supernatural) laws
nature - the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"
2.universe - (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn; "it is an estimate of the mean of the population"
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
subpopulation - a population that is part of a larger population
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
3.universe - everything stated or assumed in a given discussionuniverse - everything stated or assumed in a given discussion
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

universe

noun cosmos, space, creation, everything, nature, heavens, the natural world, macrocosm, all existence Einstein's equations showed the Universe to be expanding.
Quotations
"The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless" [Steven Weinberg The First Three Minutes]
"The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent" [Revd. John H. Holmes A Sensible Man's View of Religion]
"Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe" [attributed to Alfonso `the Wise', King of Castile]
"Now, my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose" [J.B.S. Haldane Possible Worlds]

universe

noun
1. The totality of all existing things:
Translations
vesmír
univers
maailmankaikkeusuniversumiavaruuskosmosmaailma
svemir
alheimurinn
宇宙
우주
universaliaiuniversalumasvisata
kosmossvisums
vesolje
universum
จักรวาล
vũ trụ

universe

[ˈjuːnɪvɜːs] Nuniverso m
he's the funniest writer in the universe >es el escritor más divertido del mundo

universe

[ˈjuːnivɜːrs] n
the universe → l'univers m

universe

n
(= cosmos)(Welt)all nt, → Universum nt; (= galaxy)Sternsystem nt; (= world)Welt f; he’s the funniest writer in the universe (inf)er schreibt die komischsten Sachen überhaupt
(Logic) universe of discourseGesamtheit faller Gegenstände der Abhandlung

universe

[ˈjuːnɪˌvɜːs] n the universel'universo

universe

(ˈjuːnivəːs) noun
everything – earth, planets, sun, stars etc – that exists anywhere. Somewhere in the universe there must be another world like ours.
ˌuniˈversal adjective
affecting, including etc the whole of the world or all or most people. English may become a universal language that everyone can learn and use.
ˌuniˈversally adverb
ˌuniverˈsality (-ˈsӕ-) noun

universe

كَوْن vesmír univers Universum σύμπαν universo maailmankaikkeus univers svemir universo 宇宙 우주 heelal univers wszechświat universo вселенная universum จักรวาล evren vũ trụ 宇宙

universe

n. universo, mundo, globo.
References in classic literature ?
He did not seem to know what to bless, but he looked as though he would have liked to include most of the universe.
It was cold and hard, and like nothing else in his black universe.
Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her.
A wider scope of view, and a deeper insight, may see rank, dignity, and station, all proved illusory, so far as regards their claim to human reverence, and yet not feel as if the universe were thereby tumbled headlong into chaos.
My doom was on me, It was not the first time, nor the second, that I had gone away -- as it seemed, permanently -- but yet returned, like the bad halfpenny, or as if Salem were for me the inevitable centre of the universe.
The universe is finished; the copestone is on, and the chips were carted off a million years ago.
For in the mere act of penning my thoughts of this Leviathan, they weary me, and make me faint with their out-reaching comprehensiveness of sweep, as if to include the whole circle of the sciences, and all the generations of whales, and men, and mastodons, past, present, and to come, with all the revolving panoramas of empire on earth, and throughout the whole universe, not excluding its suburbs.
One wondered about this, as also about the swarms of flies which hung about the scene, literally blackening the air, and the strange, fetid odor which assailed one's nostrils, a ghastly odor, of all the dead things of the universe.
Niepce, a Frenchman, discovered "actinism," that power in the sun's rays which produces a chemical effect; that granite rocks, and stone structures, and statues of metal "are all alike destructively acted upon during the hours of sunshine, and, but for provisions of Nature no less wonderful, would soon perish under the delicate touch of the most subtle of the agencies of the universe.
Also, I believed that the world was not flat, and hadn't pillars under it to sup- port it, nor a canopy over it to turn off a universe of water that occupied all space above; but as I was the only person in the kingdom afflicted with such impious and criminal opinions, I recognized that it would be good wisdom to keep quiet about this matter, too, if I did not wish to be suddenly shunned and forsaken by everybody as a madman.
At some time or other the fog thinned a little; we did not know when, for we were facing the empty universe and the thinness could not show; but at last Harris happened to look around, and there stood a huge, dim, spectral hotel where the precipice had been.
How are you going to have a republic at all, where the head of the government is absolute, holds his place forever, and has no parliament, no council to meddle or make in his affairs, nobody voted for, nobody elected, nobody in the whole universe with a voice in the government, nobody asked to take a hand in its matters, and nobody ALLOWED to do it?