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Worldthe inhabitants of the earth; human society; the human race; a great quantity or amount, e.g., it makes a world of difference.
See Also: LIFE
- Our world is only a practical joke of God, like a bad day —Franz Kafka
- This world is like Noah’s Ark in which few men but many beasts embark —Samuel Butler
- The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe —Peter de Vries
- The world is a gaming table so arranged that all who enter the casino must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though they win occasionally by the way —Samuel Butler
- The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face —William Makepeace Thackeray
The looking glass comparison from Vanity Fair continues as follows: “Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.”
- The world is a mirror: what looks in looks out. It returns only what you lend it —Ludwig Boerne
- The world is an expensive hotel; you pay dearly for each pleasure —Israel Salanter Lipkin
- The world is like a beautiful book, but of little use to anyone who cannot read it —Carolo Goldon
The original simile used the word ‘him’ instead of ‘anyone.’
- The world is like a board with holes in it, and the square men have got into the round holes, and the round into the square —Bishop George Berkeley
- The world is like a cucumber, today it’s in your hand, tomorrow up your arse —Arabic proverb
- The world is like a drunken peasant. If you lift him into the saddle on one side, he will fall off on the other. One can’t help him, no matter how one tries —Martin Luther
- The world is like a fair: people gather for a while, then part; some profit and rejoice, others lose and grieve —Bahya
- The world is like a fountain-wheel: the buckets ascend full and descend empty —The Holy Bible/Exodus
The biblical passage concludes with “Who’s rich today may not be so tomorrow.”
- The world is like a foyer leading to the world to come —Rabbi Jacob
In the Mishna, this continues with “Prepare yourself in the foyer, so that you may enter into the inner chamber.” Another version of this reads: “The world is like an antechamber to the next. Prepare yourself here that you may be admitted to the banquet hall there.”
- The world is like a great staircase, some go up and others go down —Hipponax
- The world is like a house, with the sky as a ceiling, the earth spread out like a carpet, the stars arrayed like lamps … and man its master —Bahya
- The world is like a ladder: one goes up, another goes down —Immanuel of Rome
- The world is like a map of antipathies … in which everyone picks the symbolic color of his difference —Juan Ramon Jimenez
- The world is like an enormous spider web and if you touch it, however lightly, at any point, the vibration ripples to the remotest perimeter —Robert Penn Warren
- The world is like an old coquette who conceals her age —Voltaire
- The world is like a pump-wheel, through which the full is emptied and the empty filled —Naham Bratzlav
- The world like a cradle rises and falls on a wave of confetti and funerals —Louis MacNeice
- The world waits to be made over by each man who inhabits it, and it is made over every morning like a bed —William Saroyan
- A world where cliches fit like a gown by Edith Head —Tom Nolan, New York Times Book Review, November 9, 1986
The comparison to a Hollywood designer’s gowns was most appropriate as the book being reviewed had a Hollywood background.
|Noun||1.||world - 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'"
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.||world - people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest; "the Western world"|
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
Grub Street - the world of literary hacks
|3.||world - all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you; "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"|
real life, real world - the practical world as opposed to the academic world; "a good consultant must have a lot of experience in the real world"
experience - the content of direct observation or participation in an event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
|4.||world - the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on; "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"|
atmosphere, air - the mass of air surrounding the Earth; "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the air"
hemisphere - half of the terrestrial globe
Van Allen belt - a belt of charged particles (resulting from cosmic rays) above the Earth trapped by the Earth's magnetic field
hydrosphere - the watery layer of the earth's surface; includes water vapor
dry land, ground, solid ground, terra firma, earth, land - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
sky - the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth
solar system - the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
|5.||world - people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"|
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
admass - the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media (chiefly British)
audience - the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment; "every artist needs an audience"; "the broadcast reached an audience of millions"
|6.||world - a part of the earth that can be considered separately; "the outdoor world"; "the world of insects"|
|7.||world - the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife; "they consider the church to be independent of the world"|
concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
|8.||world - all of the living human inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"|
human, human being, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
|Adj.||1.||world - involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope; "global war"; "global monetary policy"; "neither national nor continental but planetary"; "a world crisis"; "of worldwide significance"|
international - concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations; "international affairs"; "an international agreement"; "international waters"
"The world began without man, and it will end without him" [Claude Lévi-Strauss Tristes Tropiques]
"All the world's a stage" [William Shakespeare As you Like It]
"The world's mine oyster" [William Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor]
Australia is on the other side of the world → Australia está al otro lado del mundo
the world we live in → el mundo en el que vivimos
the world's worst cook → el peor cocinero del mundo
our company leads the world in shoe manufacturing → nuestra empresa es líder mundial en la confección de calzado
since the world began → desde que el mundo es mundo
in the best of all possible worlds → en el mejor de los mundos
it's not the end of the world! → ¡no es el fin del mundo!
the tallest man in the world → el hombre más alto del mundo
it's what he wants most in (all) the world → es lo que más quiere en el mundo
the New World → el Nuevo Mundo
the Old World → el Viejo Mundo
she has travelled all over the world → ha viajado por todo el mundo
people came from all over the world → vino gente de todas partes del mundo
it's the same the world over → es igual en todo el mundo, es igual vayas a donde vayas
in a perfect world this would be possible → en un mundo ideal or perfecto esto sería posible
you have to start living in the real world → tienes que empezar a afrontar la vida or la realidad
to go round the world → dar la vuelta al mundo
on a world scale → a escala mundial
to see the world → ver mundo
to take the world as it is → aceptar la realidad, aceptar las cosas como son
the worst of all possible worlds → el peor de todos los mundos posibles
to have the world at one's feet → tener el mundo a sus pies
it's out of this world → es una maravilla
to live in a world of one's own → vivir en su propio mundo
you seem to be in a world of your own today → hoy parece que estás en otro mundo
the world is your oyster → tienes el mundo a tus pies
it's a small world! → ¡el mundo es un pañuelo!
to feel on top of the world → sentirse de maravilla
see also dead A1
see also money A1
see also third D
the world of dreams → el mundo de los sueños
the animal world → el reino animal
the Arab world → el mundo árabe
the business world → el mundo de los negocios
the English-speaking world → el mundo de habla inglesa
the plant world → el reino vegetal
the world of sport → el mundo deportivo, el mundo de los deportes
the sporting world → el mundo deportivo, el mundo de los deportes
the Western world → el mundo occidental
her blouse was undone for all the world to see → tenía la blusa desabrochada a la vista de todo el mundo
to be alone in the world → estar solo en el mundo, no tener a nadie en el mundo
to come down in the world → venir a menos
to go up in the world → prosperar, medrar
the world and his wife → el ciento y la madre, todo Dios
see also man A1
see also outside C1
see also way A2
in this world → en esta vida, en este mundo
to bring a child into the world → traer a un niño al mundo
to come into the world → venir al mundo
in the next world → en la otra vida, en el otro mundo
the other world → el otro mundo
to have the best of both worlds → tenerlo todo
he's not long for this world → no le queda mucha vida, le queda poco de vida
for all the world as if it had never happened → como si nunca hubiera ocurrido
she looked for all the world as if she were dead → cualquiera hubiera dicho que estaba muerta
they're worlds apart → son totalmente opuestos or diferentes, no tiene nada que ver el uno con el otro
they're worlds apart politically → políticamente los separa un abismo, mantienen posiciones políticas totalmente diferentes
their views are worlds apart → sus opiniones son totalmente distintas
there's a world of difference between → hay un mundo or abismo entre ...
I'd give the world to know → daría todo el oro del mundo por saberlo
it did him the world of good → le sentó de maravilla, le hizo la mar de bien
nothing in the world would make me do it → no lo haría por nada del mundo
how in the world did you manage to do it? → ¿cómo demonios or diablos conseguiste hacerlo?
what in the world were you thinking of! → ¡qué demonios or diablos estabas pensando!
where in the world has he got to? → ¿dónde demonios or diablos se ha metido?
why in the world did you do that? → ¿por qué demonios or diablos hiciste eso?
she means the world to me → ella significa muchísimo para mí
not for all the world → por nada del mundo
he promised me the world → me prometió la luna
to think the world of sb → tener a algn en gran estima
World Bank N → Banco m Mundial
world beater N → campeón(ona) m/f mundial
world champion N → campeón(ona) m/f del mundo, campeón(ona) m/f mundial
world championship N → campeonato m mundial, campeonato m del mundo
the World Council of Churches N → el Concilio Mundial de las Iglesias
the World Court N → el Tribunal Internacional de Justicia
the World Cup N (Ftbl) → la Copa Mundial, la Copa del Mundo
world fair N → feria f universal
the World Health Organization N → la Organización Mundial de la Salud
world language N → lengua f universal
world leader N [of country, company] → líder m mundial; (= politician) → jefe/a m/f de estado
world market N → mercado m mundial
world market price N → precio m (del mercado) mundial
world order N → orden m mundial
world power N (= country) → potencia f mundial
world premiere N → estreno m mundial
world record N → récord m mundial
World Series N (US) → campeonato m mundial de béisbol BASEBALL world title N → título m mundial
world view N → cosmovisión f
world war N → guerra f mundial
World War One/Two → la Primera/Segunda Guerra Mundial
the World Wide Web N → el World Wide Web
I'd like to drive around the world → J'aimerais faire le tour du monde en voiture.
in many parts of the world → en de nombreuses parties du monde
to go round the world → faire le tour du monde
all over the world → dans le monde entier, partout dans le monde
The whole world was shocked → Le monde entier a été choqué.
a man of the world → un homme du monde
a woman of the world → une femme du monde
the Arab world → le monde arabe
the western world → le monde occidental
the English-speaking world → le monde anglophone
the developing world → les pays en voie de développement
the modern world → le monde moderne
His world is so different to mine → Son monde est tellement différent du mien.
to be in a world of one's own → vivre dans un monde à part
the publishing world → le monde de l'édition
the sporting world → le monde des sports
the art world → le monde de l'art
the animal world → le monde animal
the insect world → le monde des insectes
the plant world → le monde végétal
We thought the world of each other → Nous nous estimions énormément., Nous avions énormément d'estime l'un(e) pour l'autre.
what in the world ... ? → que diable ... ?
What in the world is he doing? → Que diable fait-il?
where in the world ... ? → où diable ... ?
Where in the world have you been? → Où diable étais-tu passé?
to do sb the world of good, to do sb a world of good → faire le plus grand bien à qn
to be worlds apart → être à des années-lumière
a world of difference (= a huge difference) → un abîme
there's a world of difference between ... and ... . → il y a un abîme entre... et ...
to be out of this world → être extraordinaire
to be on top of the world → être aux anges
the World Bank → la Banque mondialeworld champion n → champion(ne) m/f du monde
He's the world champion → Il est champion du monde.world championship n → championnat m du mondeworld-class [ˌwɜːrldˈklɑːs] adj [player, team] → de classe mondiale; [company] → de classe mondialeWorld Cup n
the World Cup → la Coupe du mondeWorld Fair n → exposition f universelleworld-famous [ˌwɜːrldˈfeɪməs] adj → de renommée mondialeWorld Health Organization n
the World Health Organization → l'Organisation f mondiale de la santéWorld Heritage Site n → site m inscrit sur la liste du patrimoine mondialworld leader n
worldin cpds → Welt-;
in the world → al mondo
all over the world → in tutto il mondo
to be on top of the world → essere al settimo cielo
it's a small world! → com'è piccolo il mondo!
alone in the world → solo/a al mondo
it's not the end of the world! (fam) → non è la fine del mondo!
to live in a world of one's own → vivere in un mondo tutto proprio
the business world → il mondo degli affari
the world we live in → il mondo in cui viviamo
to come or go down, go up or rise in the world → scendere/salire nella scala sociale
to come into the world → venire al mondo
the next world → l'aldilà m inv
to have the best of both worlds → avere un doppio vantaggio
it's out of this world! (fam) → è la fine del mondo!
he's not long for this world → non gli rimane molto da vivere
what in the world is he doing? → che caspita sta facendo?
to think the world of sb → pensare un gran bene di qn
there's a world of difference between ... → c'è un abisso tra...
to do sb a world of good → fare un gran bene a qn
the world and his wife → un miliardo di persone
they're worlds apart → non hanno niente in comune
she looked for all the world as if she was dead → sembrava proprio che fosse morta
the world's worst cook → la cuoca peggiore che possa esistere