- pertaining to the whole world; worldwide; universal: the dream of global peace.
- globular; globe-shaped.
- of, relating to, or using a terrestrial or .
- (of a computer operation, linguistic rule, etc.) operating on a group of similar strings, commands, etc., in a single step.
- covering, influencing, or relating to the whole world
1670s, “spherical,” from Global village first attested 1960, popularized, if not coined, by Canadian educator Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980).+ (1). Meaning “worldwide, universal” is from 1892, from French.
Postliterate man’s electronic media contract the world to a village or tribe where everything happens to everyone at the same time: everyone knows about, and therefore participates in, everything that is happening the minute it happens. Television gives this quality of simultaneity to events in the global village. [Carpenter & McLuhan, “Explorations in Communication,” 1960]
- Having the shape of a globe; spherical.
- Of or involving the entire earth; worldwide.
- Comprehensive; total.
- Of or relating to the eyeball.