English - Etymology
From Middle English world, weoreld, from Old English world, worold, woruld, weorold (“world, age, men, humanity, life, way of life, long period of time, cycle, eternity”), from Proto-Germanic *weraldiz (“lifetime, worldly existence, mankind, age of man, world”), equivalent to wer (“man”) + eld (“age”). Cognate with Scots warld (“world”), Saterland Frisian Waareld (“world”), West Frisian wrâld (“world”), Dutch wereld (“world”), Low German Werld (“world”), German Welt (“world”), Swedish värld (“world”), Icelandic veröld (“the world”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- (with “the”) Human collective existence; existence in general.
- The Universe.
(uncountable, with “the”) The Earth.
1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. […] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
- 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
- (countable) A planet, especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.
- An individual or group perspective or social setting.
- (informal) A great amount.
- (the earth): Earth, the earth, the globe, Sol III
- (a planet):
- (individual or group perspective or social setting): circle
English - Verb
To consider or cause to be considered from a global perspective; to consider as a global whole, rather than making or focussing on national or other distinctions; compare globalise.
1996, Jan Jindy Pettman, Worlding Women: A feminist international politics, pages ix-x:
- There are by now many feminisms (Tong, 1989; Humm, 1992). [...] They are in shifting alliance or contest with postmodern critiques, which at times seem to threaten the very category 'women' and its possibilities for a feminist politics. These debates inform this attempt at worlding women—moving beyond white western power centres and their dominant knowledges (compare Spivak, 1985), while recognising that I, as a white settler-state woman, need to attend to differences between women, too.
2005, James Phillips, Heidegger's Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry, published by Stanford University Press, ISBN-13 978-0804750714:
- In a sense, the dictatorship was a failure of failure and, on that account, it was perhaps the exemplary system of control. Having in 1933 wagered on the worlding of the world in the regime's failure, Heidegger after the war can only rue his opportunistic hopes for an exposure of the ontological foundations of control.
- 1996, Jan Jindy Pettman, Worlding Women: A feminist international politics, pages ix-x:
- To make real; to make worldly.
Middle English - Noun
- English: world