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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}.] 
  1.  The  earth  and  the  surrounding  heavens;  the  creation;  the 
  system  of  created  things  existent  creation;  the  universe. 
 
  The  invisible  things  of  him  from  the  creation  of  the 
  world  are  clearly  seen.  --Rom.  1.  20. 
 
  With  desire  to  know  What  nearer  might  concern  him 
  how  this  world  Of  heaven  and  earth  conspicuous  first 
  began.  --Milton. 
 
  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. 
 
  Amongst  innumerable  stars,  that  shone  Star  distant, 
  but  high-hand  seemed  other  worlds.  --Milton. 
 
  There  may  be  other  worlds,  where  the  inhabitants 
  have  never  violated  their  allegiance  to  their 
  almighty  Sovereign.  --W.  B. 
  Sprague. 
 
  3.  The  earth  and  its  inhabitants,  with  their  concerns;  the 
  sum  of  human  affairs  and  interests. 
 
  That  forbidden  tree,  whose  mortal  taste  Brought 
  death  into  the  world,  and  all  our  woe.  --Milton. 
 
  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. 
 
  One  of  the  greatest  in  the  Christian  world  Shall  be 
  my  surety.  --Shak. 
 
  Murmuring  that  now  they  must  be  put  to  make  war 
  beyond  the  world's  end  --  for  so  they  counted 
  Britain.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  The  customs,  practices,  and  interests  of  men;  general 
  affairs  of  life;  human  society;  public  affairs  and 
  occupations;  as  a  knowledge  of  the  world. 
 
  Happy  is  she  that  from  the  world  retires.  --Waller. 
 
  If  knowledge  of  the  world  makes  man  perfidious,  May 
  Juba  ever  live  in  ignorance.  --Addison. 
 
  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. 
 
  7.  The  inhabitants  of  the  earth;  the  human  race;  people  in 
  general;  the  public;  mankind. 
 
  Since  I  do  purpose  to  marry,  I  will  think  nothing  to 
  any  purpose  that  the  world  can  say  against  it 
  --Shak. 
 
  Tell  me  wench,  how  will  the  world  repute  me  For 
  undertaking  so  unstaid  a  journey?  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  I  pray  not  for  the  world,  but  for  them  which  thou 
  hast  given  me  for  they  are  thine.  --John  xvii. 
  9. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  Nor  doth  this  wood  lack  worlds  of  company.  --Shak. 
 
  A  world  of  woes  dispatched  in  little  space. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  {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.] 
 
  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.  --Shak. 
 
  {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 
 
  Throughout  all  ages,  world  without  end  --Eph.  iii. 
  21. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  world 
  adj  :  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}] 
  n  1:  all  of  the  inhabitants  of  the  earth;  "all  the  world  loves  a 
  lover"  [syn:  {human  race},  {humanity},  {humankind},  {human 
  beings},  {humans},  {mankind},  {man}] 
  2:  everything  that  exists  anywhere;  "they  study  the  evolution 
  of  the  universe";  "the  biggest  tree  in  existence"  [syn:  {universe}, 
  {existence},  {nature},  {creation},  {cosmos},  {macrocosm}] 
  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:  {reality}] 
  4:  people  in  general;  especially  a  distinctive  group  of  people 
  with  some  shared  interest;  "the  Western  world"  [syn:  {domain}] 
  5:  the  3rd  planet  from  the  sun;  the  planet  on  which  we  live; 
  "the  Earth  moves  around  the  sun";  "he  sailed  around  the 
  world"  [syn:  {Earth},  {globe}] 
  6:  the  concerns  of  the  world  as  distinguished  from  heaven  and 
  the  afterlife;  "they  consider  the  church  to  be  independent 
  of  the  world"  [syn:  {worldly  concern},  {earthly  concern}, 
  {earth}] 
  7:  a  part  of  the  earth  that  can  be  considered  separately;  "the 
  outdoor  world";  "the  world  of  insects" 
  8:  people  in  general  considered  as  a  whole;  "he  is  a  hero  in 
  the  eyes  of  the  public"  [syn:  {populace},  {public}] 
 
  From  The  CIA  World  Factbook  (1995)  [world95]: 
 
  World 
 
  World:Geography 
 
  Map  references:  World,  Time  Zones 
 
  Area: 
  total  area:  510.072  million  sq  km 
  land  area:  148.94  million  sq  km 
  water  area:  361.132  million  sq  km 
  comparative  area:  land  area  about  16  times  the  size  of  the  US 
  note:  70.8%  of  the  world  is  water,  29.2%  is  land 
 
  Land  boundaries:  the  land  boundaries  in  the  world  total  250,883.64  km 
  (not  counting  shared  boundaries  twice) 
 
  Coastline:  356,000  km 
 
  Maritime  claims: 
  contiguous  zone:  24  nm  claimed  by  most  but  can  vary 
  continental  shelf:  200-m  depth  claimed  by  most  or  to  depth  of 
  exploitation,  others  claim  200  nm  or  to  the  edge  of  the  continental 
  margin 
  exclusive  fishing  zone:  200  nm  claimed  by  most  but  can  vary 
  exclusive  economic  zone:  200  nm  claimed  by  most  but  can  vary 
  territorial  sea:  12  nm  claimed  by  most  but  can  vary 
  note:  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,  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 
 
  Climate:  two  large  areas  of  polar  climates  separated  by  two  rather 
  narrow  temperate  zones  from  a  wide  equatorial  band  of  tropical  to 
  subtropical  climates 
 
  Terrain:  highest  elevation  is  Mt  Everest  at  8,848  meters  and  lowest 
  depression  is  the  Dead  Sea  at  392  meters  below  sea  level;  greatest 
  ocean  depth  is  the  Marianas  Trench  at  10,924  meters 
 
  Natural  resources:  the  rapid  using  up  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  and  the  former  USSR)  pose 
  serious  long-term  problems  that  governments  and  peoples  are  only 
  beginning  to  address 
 
  Land  use: 
  arable  land:  10% 
  permanent  crops:  1% 
  meadows  and  pastures:  24% 
  forest  and  woodland:  31% 
  other:  34% 
 
  Irrigated  land:  NA  sq  km 
 
  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 
  natural  hazards:  large  areas  subject  to  severe  weather  (tropical 
  cyclones),  natural  disasters  (earthquakes,  landslides,  tsunamis, 
  volcanic  eruptions) 
  international  agreements:  23  selected  international  environmental 
  agreements  included  under  the  Environment  entry  for  each  country  and 
  in  Appendix  E:  Selected  International  Environmental  Agreements 
 
  World:People 
 
  Population:  5,733,687,096  (July  1995  est.) 
 
  Age  structure: 
  0-14  years:  31.6%  (female  882,809,689;  male  928,121,801) 
  15-64  years:  62%  (female  1,752,393,539;  male  1,802,004,124) 
  65  years  and  over:  6.4%  (female  209,437,234;  male  158,246,581)  (July 
  1995  est.) 
 
  Population  growth  rate:  1.5%  (1995  est.) 
 
  Birth  rate:  24  births/1,000  population  (1995  est.) 
 
  Death  rate:  9  deaths/1,000  population  (1995  est.) 
 
  Infant  mortality  rate:  64  deaths/1,000  live  births  (1995  est.) 
 
  Life  expectancy  at  birth: 
  total  population:  62  years 
  male:  61  years 
  female:  64  years  (1995  est.) 
 
  Total  fertility  rate:  3.1  children  born/woman  (1995  est.) 
 
  Labor  force:  2.24  billion  (1992) 
  by  occupation:  NA 
 
  World:Government 
 
  Digraph:  XX 
 
  Administrative  divisions:  265  nations,  dependent  areas,  other  and 
  miscellaneous  entries 
 
  Legal  system:  varies  by  individual  country;  186  (note  including 
  Yugoslavia)  are  parties  to  the  United  Nations  International  Court  of 
  Justice  (ICJ  or  World  Court) 
 
  Economy 
 
  Overview:  Led  by  recovery  in  Western  Europe  and  strong  performances  by 
  the  US  Canada,  and  key  Third  World  countries,  real  global  output  - 
  gross  world  product  (GWP)  -  rose  3%  in  1994  compared  with  2%  in  1993. 
  Results  varied  widely  among  regions  and  countries.  Average  growth  of 
  3%  in  the  GDP  of  industrialized  countries  (60%  of  GWP  in  1994)  and 
  average  growth  of  6%  in  the  GDP  of  less  developed  countries  (34%  of 
  GWP)  were  partly  offset  by  a  further  11%  drop  in  the  GDP  of  the  former 
  USSR/Eastern  Europe  area  (now  only  6%  of  GWP).  With  the  notable 
  exception  of  Japan  at  2.9%,  unemployment  was  typically  5%-12%  in  the 
  industrial  world.  The  US  accounted  for  22%  of  GWP  in  1994;  Western 
  Europe  accounted  for  another  22%;  and  Japan  accounted  for  8%.  These 
  are  the  three  "economic  superpowers"  which  are  presumably  destined  to 
  compete  for  mastery  in  international  markets  on  into  the  21st  century. 
  As  for  the  less  developed  countries,  China,  India,  and  the  Four 
  Dragons  -  South  Korea,  Taiwan,  Hong  Kong,  and  Singapore  -  once  again 
  posted  records  of  5%  growth  or  better;  however,  many  other  countries, 
  especially  in  Africa,  continued  to  suffer  from  drought,  rapid 
  population  growth,  inflation,  and  civil  strife.  Central  Europe  made 
  considerable  progress  in  moving  toward  "market-friendly"  economies, 
  whereas  the  15  ex-Soviet  countries  (with  the  notable  exceptions  of  the 
  three  Baltic  states)  typically  experienced  further  declines  in  output, 
  sometimes  as  high  as  30%.  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  in  a  number  of  cases  is  losing 
  control  over  resources  as  separatist  regional  movements  -  typically 
  based  on  ethnicity  -  gain  momentum,  e.g.,  in  the  successor  states  of 
  the  former  Soviet  Union,  in  the  former  Yugoslavia,  and  in  India.  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  nearly  100  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,  the  industrialized  countries  have  inadequate  resources  to 
  deal  effectively  with  the  poorer  areas  of  the  world,  which  at  least 
  from  the  economic  point  of  view,  are  becoming  further  marginalized. 
  (For  the  specific  economic  problems  of  each  country,  see  the 
  individual  country  entries  in  this  volume.) 
 
  National  product:  GWP  (gross  world  product)  -  purchasing  power  parity 
  -  $30.7  trillion  (1994  est.) 
 
  National  product  real  growth  rate:  3.2%  (1994  est.) 
 
  National  product  per  capita:  $5,400  (1994  est.) 
 
  Inflation  rate  (consumer  prices): 
  all  countries:  25% 
  developed  countries:  5% 
  developing  countries:  50%  (1994  est.) 
  note:  national  inflation  rates  vary  widely  in  individual  cases,  from 
  stable  prices  to  hyperinflation 
 
  Unemployment  rate:  30%  combined  unemployment  and  underemployment  in 
  many  non-industrialized  countries;  developed  countries  typically 
  5%-12%  unemployment 
 
  Exports:  $4  trillion  (f.o.b.,  1994  est.) 
  commodities:  the  whole  range  of  industrial  and  agricultural  goods  and 
  services 
  partners:  in  value,  about  75%  of  exports  from  the  developed  countries 
 
  Imports:  $4.1  trillion  (c.i.f.,  1994  est.) 
  commodities:  the  whole  range  of  industrial  and  agricultural  goods  and 
  services 
  partners:  in  value,  about  75%  of  imports  by  the  developed  countries 
 
  External  debt:  $1  trillion  for  less  developed  countries  (1993  est.) 
 
  Industrial  production:  growth  rate  5%  (1994  est.) 
 
  Electricity: 
  capacity:  2,773,000,000  kW 
  production:  11.601  trillion  kWh 
  consumption  per  capita:  1,937  kWh  (1993) 
 
  Industries:  industry  worldwide  is  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,  and  the 
  technological  gap  between  the  industrial  nations  and  the 
  less-developed  countries  continues  to  widen;  the  rapid  development  of 
  new  industrial  (and  agricultural)  technology  is  complicating  already 
  grim  environmental  problems 
 
  Agriculture:  the  production  of  major  food  crops  has  increased 
  substantially  in  the  last  20  years;  the  annual  production  of  cereals, 
  for  instance,  has  risen  by  50%,  from  about  1.2  billion  metric  tons  to 
  about  1.8  billion  metric  tons;  production  increases  have  resulted 
  mainly  from  increased  yields  rather  than  increases  in  planted  areas; 
  while  global  production  is  sufficient  for  aggregate  demand,  about 
  one-fifth  of  the  world's  population  remains  malnourished,  primarily 
  because  local  production  cannot  adequately  provide  for  large  and 
  rapidly  growing  populations,  which  are  too  poor  to  pay  for  food 
  imports;  conditions  are  especially  bad  in  Africa  where  drought  in 
  recent  years  has  intensified  the  consequences  of  overpopulation 
 
  Economic  aid:  $NA 
 
  World:Transportation 
 
  Railroads: 
  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  SNCF  TGV-Atlantique  line 
  broad  gauge:  251,153  km 
  standard  gauge:  710,754  km 
  narrow  gauge:  239,430  km 
 
  Highways: 
  total:  NA 
  paved:  NA 
  unpaved:  NA 
 
  Ports:  Chiba,  Houston,  Kawasaki  Kobe,  Marseille,  Mina'  al  Ahmadi 
  (Kuwait),  New  Orleans,  New  York,  Rotterdam,  Yokohama 
 
  Merchant  marine: 
  total:  25,364  ships  (1,000  GRT  or  over)  totaling  435,458,296 
  GRT/697,171,651  DWT 
  ships  by  type:  barge  carrier  39,  bulk  5,202,  cargo  8,121,  chemical 
  tanker  911,  combination  bulk  293,  combination  ore/oil  290,  container 
  1,903,  liquefied  gas  675,  livestock  carrier  48,  multifunction 
  large-load  carrier  53,  oil  tanker  4,332,  passenger  287, 
  passenger-cargo  114,  railcar  carrier  24,  refrigerated  cargo  1,023, 
  roll-on/roll-off  cargo  1,047,  short-sea  passenger  465,  specialized 
  tanker  77,  vehicle  carrier  460  (April  1995) 
 
  World:Communications 
 
  Telephone  system: 
  local:  NA 
  intercity:  NA 
  international:  NA 
 
  Radio: 
  broadcast  stations:  AM  NA  FM  NA  shortwave  NA 
  radios:  NA 
 
  Television: 
  broadcast  stations:  NA 
  televisions:  NA 
 
  World:Defense  Forces 
 
  Branches:  ground,  maritime,  and  air  forces  at  all  levels  of  technology 
 
  Defense  expenditures:  a  further  decline  in  1994,  by  perhaps  5%-10%,  to 
  roughly  three-quarters  of  a  trillion  dollars,  or  2.5%  of  gross  world 
  product  (1994  est.) 
 
 
 




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