World english dictionary

world english dictionary


11   a period or state of existence

the next world

12   the total circumstances and experience of an individual that make up his life, esp. that part of it relating to happiness

New World  

n   the. the Americas; the western hemisphere

New World monkey  

n   any monkey of the family Cebidae, of Central and South America, having widely separated nostrils: many are arboreal and have a prehensile tail

Old World  

n   that part of the world that was known before the discovery of the Americas, comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa; the eastern hemisphere

  old-worldly     adv  

Old World monkey  

n   any monkey of the family Cercopithecidae, including macaques, baboons, and mandrills. They are more closely related to anthropoid apes than are the New World monkeys, having nostrils that are close together and nonprehensile tails

n   the spirit world or afterlife

possible world  

n     (Logic)   (in modal logic) a semantic device formalizing the notion of what the world might have been like. A statement is necessarily true if and only if it is true in every possible world

Second World War  

n     another name for     →   World War II  

Seven Wonders of the World  

pl n   the seven structures considered by ancient and medieval scholars to be the most wondrous of the ancient world. The list varies, but generally consists of the Pyramids of Egypt,

the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Phidias' statue of Zeus at Olympia, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Pharos (or lighthouse) of Alexandria

Third World  

n   the less economically advanced countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America collectively, esp. when viewed as underdeveloped and as neutral in the East-West alignment. Also called: developing world

undisputed world champion  

n     (Boxing)   a boxer who holds the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Organization, and the International Boxing Federation world championship titles simultaneously

World Bank  

n   an international cooperative organization established in 1945 under the Bretton Woods Agreement to assist economic development, esp. of backward nations, by the advance of loans guaranteed by member governments.   (Officially called)   International Bank for Reconstruction and Development  

World Bank Group  

n   the collective name for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation, and the International Development Association, whose headquarters are all in Washington


n   a person or thing that surpasses all others in its category; champion

  world-beating     n, adj  


adj   of or denoting someone with a skill or attribute that puts him or her in the highest class in the world

a world-class swimmer

World Council of Churches  

n   the ecumenical fellowship of Churches other than the Roman Catholic Church, formally constituted at Amsterdam in 1948 for coordinated action in theological, ecclesiastical, and secular matters


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