Meaning of UNIVERSE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Latin universum, from neuter of universus entire, whole, from uni- + versus turned toward, from past participle of vertere to turn — more at worth

Date: 14th century

1. : the whole body of things and phenomena observed or postulated : cosmos : as

a. : a systematic whole held to arise by and persist through the direct intervention of divine power

b. : the world of human experience


(1) : the entire celestial cosmos

(2) : Milky Way galaxy

(3) : an aggregate of stars comparable to the Milky Way galaxy

2. : a distinct field or province of thought or reality that forms a closed system or self-inclusive and independent organization

3. : population 4

4. : a set that contains all elements relevant to a particular discussion or problem

5. : a great number or quantity

a large enough universe of stocks…to choose from — G. B. Clairmont

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.