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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  World \World\, n. [OE. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, AS.
     weorold, worold; akin to OS. werold, D. wereld, OHG. weralt,
     worolt, werolt, werlt, G. welt, Icel. ver["o]ld, Sw. verld,
     Dan. verden; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity;
     AS. wer a man + a word akin to E. old; cf. AS. yld lifetime,
     age, ylde men, humanity. Cf. Werewolf, Old.]
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     1. The earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the
        system of created things; existent creation; the universe.
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              The invisible things of him from the creation of the
              world are clearly seen.               --Rom. 1. 20.
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              With desire to know,
              What nearer might concern him, how this world
              Of heaven and earth conspicuous first began.
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     2. Any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as
        inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with
        human interests; as, a plurality of worlds. "Lord of the
        worlds above." --I. Watts.
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              Amongst innumerable stars, that shone
              Star distant, but high-hand seemed other worlds.
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              There may be other worlds, where the inhabitants
              have never violated their allegiance to their
              almighty Sovereign.                   --W. B.
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     3. The earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the
        sum of human affairs and interests.
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              That forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
              Brought death into the world, and all our woe.
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     4. In a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its
        concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any
        one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human
        affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given
        point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and
        action; as, the Old World; the New World; the religious
        world; the Catholic world; the upper world; the future
        world; the heathen world.
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              One of the greatest in the Christian world
              Shall be my surety.                   --Shak.
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              Murmuring that now they must be put to make war
              beyond the world's end -- for so they counted
              Britain.                              --Milton.
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     5. The customs, practices, and interests of men; general
        affairs of life; human society; public affairs and
        occupations; as, a knowledge of the world.
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              Happy is she that from the world retires. --Waller.
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              If knowledge of the world makes man perfidious,
              May Juba ever live in ignorance.      --Addison.
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     6. Individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of
        life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual; as,
        to begin the world with no property; to lose all, and
        begin the world anew.
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     7. The inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in
        general; the public; mankind.
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              Since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to
              any purpose that the world can say against it.
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              Tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
              For undertaking so unstaid a journey? --Shak.
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     8. The earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven;
        concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the
        life to come; the present existence and its interests;
        hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the
        affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or
        wicked part of mankind.
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              I pray not for the world, but for them which thou
              hast given me; for they are thine.    --John xvii.
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              Love not the world, neither the things that are in
              the world. If any man love the world, the love of
              the Father is not in him. For all that is in the
              world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
              eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father,
              but is of the world.                  --1 John ii.
                                                    15, 16.
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     9. As an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity;
        a large number. "A world of men." --Chapman. "A world of
        blossoms for the bee." --Bryant.
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              Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company. --Shak.
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              A world of woes dispatched in little space.
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     All . . . in the world, all that exists; all that is
        possible; as, all the precaution in the world would not
        save him.
     A world to see, a wonder to see; something admirable or
        surprising to see. [Obs.]
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              O, you are novices; 't is a world to see
              How tame, when men and women are alone,
              A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew.
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     For all the world.
        (a) Precisely; exactly.
        (b) For any consideration.
     Seven wonders of the world. See in the Dictionary of Noted
        Names in Fiction.
     To go to the world, to be married. [Obs.] "Thus goes every
        one to the world but I . . .; I may sit in a corner and
        cry heighho for a husband!" --Shak.
     World's end, the end, or most distant part, of the world;
        the remotest regions.
     World without end, eternally; forever; everlastingly; as if
        in a state of existence having no end.
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              Throughout all ages, world without end. --Eph. iii.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [syn: global,
             planetary, world(a), worldwide, world-wide]
      n 1: everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution
           of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence" [syn:
           universe, existence, creation, world, cosmos,
      2: people in general; especially a distinctive group of people
         with some shared interest; "the Western world" [syn: world,
      3: 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" [syn: world, reality]
      4: the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on; "the
         Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"
         [syn: Earth, earth, world, globe]
      5: people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the
         eyes of the public" [syn: populace, public, world]
      6: a part of the earth that can be considered separately; "the
         outdoor world"; "the world of insects"
      7: the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and
         the afterlife; "they consider the church to be independent of
         the world" [syn: worldly concern, earthly concern,
         world, earth]
      8: 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" [syn: world, human
         race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans,
         mankind, man]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  135 Moby Thesaurus words for "world":
     Africa, America, Antipodes, Asia, Asia Major, Asia Minor,
     Australasia, Copernican universe, Earth, East, Eastern Hemisphere,
     Einsteinian universe, Eurasia, Europe, Everyman, Far East, Gaea,
     Ge, John Doe, Levant, Middle East, Near East, New World,
     Newtonian universe, Occident, Oceania, Old World, Orient,
     Ptolemaic universe, Public, Tellus, Terra, West,
     Western Hemisphere, abundance, acres, all, all being, all creation,
     allness, bags, barrels, biosphere, body politic, bushel, citizenry,
     common man, commonwealth, community, community at large, continent,
     copiousness, cosmos, countlessness, created nature,
     created universe, creation, down under, eastland, estate,
     everybody, everyman, everyone, everything that is, everywoman,
     expanding universe, flood, folk, folks, general public, gentry,
     geography, geosphere, globe, landmass, load, macrocosm,
     macrocosmos, mass, megacosm, men, metagalaxy, mother earth,
     mountain, much, multitude, nation, nationality, nature,
     numerousness, ocean, oceans, omneity, peck, people,
     people in general, persons, plenitude, plenty, plenum, polity,
     populace, population, profusion, public, pulsating universe,
     quantities, quantity, sea, sidereal universe, society, spate,
     state, steady-state universe, sum of things, superabundance,
     superfluity, system, terra, terrestrial globe, the blue planet,
     the old country, this pendent world, tons, totality,
     totality of being, universe, vale, vale of tears, volume,
     whole wide world, wide world, world without end, worlds,
     you and me

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

     Introduction World
                              Background: Globally, the 20th century was
                                          marked by: (a) two devastating world
                                          wars; (b) the Great Depression of
                                          the 1930s; (c) the end of vast
                                          colonial empires; (d) rapid advances
                                          in science and technology, from the
                                          first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk,
                                          North Carolina (US) to the landing
                                          on the moon; (e) the Cold War
                                          between the Western alliance and the
                                          Warsaw Pact nations; (f) a sharp
                                          rise in living standards in North
                                          America, Europe, and Japan; (g)
                                          increased concerns about the
                                          environment, including loss of
                                          forests, shortages of energy and
                                          water, the decline in biological
                                          diversity, and air pollution; (h)
                                          the onset of the AIDS epidemic; and
                                          (i) the ultimate emergence of the US
                                          as the only world superpower. The
                                          planet's population continues to
                                          explode: from 1 billion in 1820, to
                                          2 billion in 1930, 3 billion in
                                          1960, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion
                                          in 1988, and 6 billion in 2000. For
                                          the 21st century, the continued
                                          exponential growth in science and
                                          technology raises both hopes (e.g.,
                                          advances in medicine) and fears
                                          (e.g., development of even more
                                          lethal weapons of war).
     Geography World
                          Map references: Physical Map of the World, Political
                                          Map of the World, Standard Time
                                          Zones of the World
                                    Area: total: 510.072 million sq km
                                          land: 148.94 million sq km
                                          water: 361.132 million sq km
                                          note: 70.8% of the world's surface
                                          is water, 29.2% is land
                      Area - comparative: land area about 16 times the size of
                                          the US
                         Land boundaries: the land boundaries in the world
                                          total 250,472 km (not counting
                                          shared boundaries twice)
                               Coastline: 356,000 km
                         Maritime claims: a variety of situations exist, but
                                          in general, most countries make the
                                          following claims: contiguous zone -
                                          24 NM; continental shelf - 200-
                                          m depth or to the depth of
                                          exploitation, or 200 NM or to the
                                          edge of the continental margin;
                                          exclusive fishing zone - 200 NM;
                                          exclusive economic zone - 200 NM;
                                          territorial sea - 12 NM; boundary
                                          situations with neighboring states
                                          prevent many countries from
                                          extending their fishing or economic
                                          zones to a full 200 NM; 43 nations
                                          and other areas that are landlocked
                                          include Afghanistan, Andorra,
                                          Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan,
                                          Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana,
                                          Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central
                                          African Republic, Chad, Czech
                                          Republic, Ethiopia, Holy See
                                          (Vatican City), Hungary, Kazakhstan,
                                          Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho,
                                          Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi,
                                          Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal,
                                          Niger, Paraguay, Rwanda, San Marino,
                                          Slovakia, Swaziland, Switzerland,
                                          Tajikistan, The Former Yugoslav
                                          Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan,
                                          Uganda, Uzbekistan, West Bank,
                                          Zambia, Zimbabwe; two of these,
                                          Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan, are
                                          doubly landlocked
                                 Climate: two large areas of polar climates
                                          separated by two rather narrow
                                          temperate zones form a wide
                                          equatorial band of tropical to
                                          subtropical climates
                                 Terrain: the greatest ocean depth is the
                                          Mariana Trench at 10,924 m in the
                                          Pacific Ocean
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Bentley Subglacial
                                          Trench -2,540 m
                                          note: in the oceanic realm,
                                          Challenger Deep in the Mariana
                                          Trench is the lowest point, lying -
                                          10,924 m below the surface of the
                                          Pacific Ocean
                                          highest point: Mount Everest 8,850 m
                                          (1999 est.)
                       Natural resources: the rapid depletion of nonrenewable
                                          mineral resources, the depletion of
                                          forest areas and wetlands, the
                                          extinction of animal and plant
                                          species, and the deterioration in
                                          air and water quality (especially in
                                          Eastern Europe, the former USSR, and
                                          China) pose serious long-term
                                          problems that governments and
                                          peoples are only beginning to
                                Land use: arable land: 10.58%
                                          permanent crops: 1%
                                          other: 88.41% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 2,714,320 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: large areas subject to severe
                                          weather (tropical cyclones), natural
                                          disasters (earthquakes, landslides,
                                          tsunamis, volcanic eruptions)
            Environment - current issues: large areas subject to
                                          overpopulation, industrial
                                          disasters, pollution (air, water,
                                          acid rain, toxic substances), loss
                                          of vegetation (overgrazing,
                                          deforestation, desertification),
                                          loss of wildlife, soil degradation,
                                          soil depletion, erosion
                        Geography - note: the world is now thought to be about
                                          4.55 billion years old, just about
                                          one-third of the 13-billion-year age
                                          estimated for the universe
     People World
                              Population: 6,233,821,945 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 29.2% (male 932,581,592;
                                          female 885,688,851)
                                          15-64 years: 63.7% (male
                                          2,009,997,089; female 1,964,938,201)
                                          65 years and over: 7.1% (male
                                          193,549,180; female 247,067,032)
                                          (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 1.23% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 21.16 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 8.93 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/
                                          total population: 1.01 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 51.55 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 63.94 years
                                          female: 65.67 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 62.28 years
                    Total fertility rate: 2.7 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                               Religions: Christians 32.88% (of which Roman
                                          Catholics 17.39%, Protestants 5.62%,
                                          Orthodox 3.54%, Anglicans 1.31%),
                                          Muslims 19.54%, Hindus 13.34%,
                                          Buddhists 5.92%, Sikhs 0.38%, Jews
                                          0.24%, other religions 12.6%, non-
                                          religious 12.63%, atheists 2.47%
                                          (2000 est.)
                               Languages: Chinese, Mandarin 14.37%, Hindi
                                          6.02%, English 5.61%, Spanish 5.59%,
                                          Bengali 3.4%, Portuguese 2.63%,
                                          Russian 2.75%, Japanese 2.06%,
                                          German, Standard 1.64%, Korean
                                          1.28%, French 1.27% (2000 est.)
                                          note: percents are for "first
                                          language" speakers only
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 77%
                                          male: 83%
                                          female: 71% (1995 est.)
     Government World
                Administrative divisions: 268 nations, dependent areas, other,
                                          and miscellaneous entries
                            Legal system: all members of the UN plus
                                          Switzerland are parties to the
                                          statute that established the
                                          International Court of Justice (ICJ)
                                          or World Court
     Economy World
                      Economy - overview: Growth in global output (gross world
                                          product, GWP) fell from 4.8% in 2000
                                          to 2.2% in 2001. The causes:
                                          slowdowns in the US economy (21% of
                                          GWP) and in the 15 EU economies (20%
                                          of GWP); continued stagnation in the
                                          Japanese economy (7.3% of GWP); and
                                          spillover effects in the less
                                          developed regions of the world.
                                          China, the second largest economy in
                                          the world (12% of GWP), proved an
                                          exception, continuing its rapid
                                          annual growth, officially announced
                                          as 7.3% but estimated by many
                                          observers as perhaps two percentage
                                          points lower. Russia (2.6% of GWP),
                                          with 5.2% growth, continued to make
                                          uneven progress, its GDP per capita
                                          still only one-third that of the
                                          leading industrial nations. The
                                          other 14 successor nations of the
                                          USSR and the other old Warsaw Pact
                                          nations again experienced widely
                                          divergent growth rates; the three
                                          Baltic nations were strong
                                          performers, in the 5% range of
                                          growth. The developing nations also
                                          varied in their growth results, with
                                          many countries facing population
                                          increases that eat up gains in
                                          output. Externally, the nation-
                                          state, as a bedrock economic-
                                          political institution, is steadily
                                          losing control over international
                                          flows of people, goods, funds, and
                                          technology. Internally, the central
                                          government often finds its control
                                          over resources slipping as
                                          separatist regional movements -
                                          typically based on ethnicity - gain
                                          momentum, e.g., in many of the
                                          successor states of the former
                                          Soviet Union, in the former
                                          Yugoslavia, in India, in Indonesia,
                                          and in Canada. In Western Europe,
                                          governments face the difficult
                                          political problem of channeling
                                          resources away from welfare programs
                                          in order to increase investment and
                                          strengthen incentives to seek
                                          employment. The addition of 80
                                          million people each year to an
                                          already overcrowded globe is
                                          exacerbating the problems of
                                          pollution, desertification,
                                          underemployment, epidemics, and
                                          famine. Because of their own
                                          internal problems and priorities,
                                          the industrialized countries devote
                                          insufficient resources to deal
                                          effectively with the poorer areas of
                                          the world, which, at least from the
                                          economic point of view, are becoming
                                          further marginalized. The
                                          introduction of the euro as the
                                          common currency of much of Western
                                          Europe in January 1999, while paving
                                          the way for an integrated economic
                                          powerhouse, poses economic risks
                                          because of varying levels of income
                                          and cultural and political
                                          differences among the participating
                                          nations. The terrorist attacks on
                                          the US on 11 September 2001
                                          accentuate a further growing risk to
                                          global prosperity, illustrated, for
                                          example, by the reallocation of
                                          resources away from investment to
                                          anti-terrorist programs. (For
                                          specific economic developments in
                                          each country of the world in 2001,
                                          see the individual country entries.)
                                     GDP: GWP (gross world product) -
                                          purchasing power parity - $47
                                          trillion (2001 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 2.2% (2001 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $7,600
                                          (2001 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 4%
                                          industry: 32%
                                          services: 64% (2001 est.)
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): developed countries 1% to 4%
                                          typically; developing countries 5%
                                          to 60% typically (2001 est.);
                                          national inflation rates vary widely
                                          in individual cases, from declining
                                          prices in Japan to hyperinflation in
                                          several Third World countries
                             Labor force: NA
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture NA%, industry NA%,
                                          services NA%
                       Unemployment rate: 30% combined unemployment and
                                          underemployment in many non-
                                          industrialized countries; developed
                                          countries typically 4%-12%
                                          unemployment (2001 est.)
                              Industries: dominated by the onrush of
                                          technology, especially in computers,
                                          robotics, telecommunications, and
                                          medicines and medical equipment;
                                          most of these advances take place in
                                          OECD nations; only a small portion
                                          of non-OECD countries have succeeded
                                          in rapidly adjusting to these
                                          technological forces; the
                                          accelerated development of new
                                          industrial (and agricultural)
                                          technology is complicating already
                                          grim environmental problems
       Industrial production growth rate: 6% (2000 est.)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: NA%
                                          hydro: NA%
                                          nuclear: NA%
                                          other: NA%
                                 Exports: $6.3 trillion (f.o.b., 2001 est.)
                   Exports - commodities: the whole range of industrial and
                                          agricultural goods and services
                      Exports - partners: in value, about 75% of exports from
                                          the developed countries
                                 Imports: $6.3 trillion (f.o.b., 2001 est.)
                   Imports - commodities: the whole range of industrial and
                                          agricultural goods and services
                      Imports - partners: in value, about 75% of imports into
                                          the developed countries
                         Debt - external: $2 trillion for less developed
                                          countries (2001 est.)
                Economic aid - recipient: official development assistance
                                          (ODA) $50 billion (2001 est.)
     Communications World
                    Telephones - main lines in use: NA
                      Telephones - mobile cellular: NA
                                  Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                                    domestic: NA
                                                    international: NA
                          Radio broadcast stations: AM NA, FM NA, shortwave NA
                                            Radios: NA
                     Television broadcast stations: NA
                                       Televisions: NA
                 Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 10,350 (2000 est.)
                                    Internet users: 513.41 million (2001 est.)
     Transportation World
                                Railways: total: 1,201,337 km includes about
                                          190,000 to 195,000 km of electrified
                                          routes of which 147,760 km are in
                                          Europe, 24,509 km in the Far East,
                                          11,050 km in Africa, 4,223 km in
                                          South America, and 4,160 km in North
                                          America; note - fastest speed in
                                          daily service is 300 km/hr attained
                                          by France's Societe Nationale des
                                          Chemins-de-Fer Francais (SNCF) Le
                                          Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) -
                                          Atlantique line
                                          broad gauge: 251,153 km
                                          narrow gauge: 239,430 km
                                          standard gauge: 710,754 km
                                Highways: total: NA km
                                          paved: NA km
                                          unpaved: NA km
                       Ports and harbors: Chiba, Houston, Kawasaki, Kobe,
                                          Marseille, Mina' al Ahmadi (Kuwait),
                                          New Orleans, New York, Rotterdam,
     Military World
           Military expenditures - dollar aggregate real expenditure on arms
                                  figure: worldwide in 1999 remained at
                                          approximately the 1998 level, about
                                          three-quarters of a trillion dollars
                                          (1999 est.)
       Military expenditures - percent of roughly 2% of gross world product
                                     GDP: (1999 est.)

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