globe

A globe doesn't have to be a spherical representation of our planet; it can be anything shaped like one — like a soccer ball or a gumball.

Referring to a round shape, globe is often used interchangeably with sphere, though sphere has another meaning of an area of particular interest or a segment of a particular population. Globe is also another name for planet Earth itself, our lovely third rock from the sun — as in "viewers are tuning in from around the globe."

Definitions of globe
  1. noun
    an object with a spherical shape
    synonyms: ball, orb
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    crystal ball
    a glass or crystal globe used in crystal gazing by fortunetellers
    camphor ball, mothball
    a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
    time-ball
    a ball that slides down a staff to show a fixed time; especially at an observatory
    fireball
    the luminous center of a nuclear explosion
    fireball
    a ball of fire (such as the sun or a ball-shaped discharge of lightning)
    globule
    a small globe or ball
    spherule
    a small sphere
    pellet
    a small sphere
    bolus
    a small round soft mass (as of chewed food)
    bubble
    a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)
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    sphere
    a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)
  2. noun
    a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
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    celestial globe
    a globe that is a spherical model of the heavens
    armilla, armillary sphere
    a celestial globe consisting of metal hoops; used by early astronomers to determine the positions of stars
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    model, simulation
    representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
    sphere
    any spherically shaped artifact
  3. noun
    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
    synonyms: Earth, earth, world
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    terrestrial planet
    a planet having a compact rocky surface like the Earth's; the four innermost planets in the solar system
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