What does universe mean?

Definitions for universe
ˈyu nəˌvɜrsuni·verse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. universe, existence, creation, world, cosmos, macrocosmnoun

    everything that exists anywhere

    "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"

  2. population, universenoun

    (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn

    "it is an estimate of the mean of the population"

  3. universe, universe of discoursenoun

    everything stated or assumed in a given discussion


  1. universenoun

    The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos, including time and space itself; same as the Universe.

  2. universenoun

    An entity similar to our Universe; one component of a larger entity known as the multiverse.

  3. universenoun

    Everything under consideration.

    In all this universe of possibilities, there is only one feasible option.

  4. universenoun

    An imaginary collection of worlds.

    The universe in this comic book series is richly imagined.

  5. universenoun

    Intense form of world in the sense of perspective or social setting.

    That didn't just rock my world, it rocked my universe.

  6. Universenoun

    The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos, including time and space itself.

    Powerful telescopes look far back into the distant reaches of the Universe.

  7. Etymology: From univers, from universum, neuter of universus, from uni-, combining form of unus + versus, perfect passive participle of verto.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Universenoun

    The general system of things.

    Etymology: univers, Fr. universum, Lat.

    Creeping murmur, and the poring dark,
    Fills the wide vessel of the universe. William Shakespeare.

    God here sums up all into man; the whole into a part; the universe into an individual. Robert South, Sermons.

    Father of heav’n!
    Whose word call’d out this universe to birth. Matthew Prior.


  1. Universe

    The universe is all of space and time and their contents, including planets, stars, galaxies, and all other forms of matter and energy. The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological description of the development of the universe. According to this theory, space and time emerged together 13.787±0.020 billion years ago, and the universe has been expanding ever since the Big Bang. While the spatial size of the entire universe is unknown, it is possible to measure the size of the observable universe, which is approximately 93 billion light-years in diameter at the present day. Some of the earliest cosmological models of the universe were developed by ancient Greek and Indian philosophers and were geocentric, placing Earth at the center. Over the centuries, more precise astronomical observations led Nicolaus Copernicus to develop the heliocentric model with the Sun at the center of the Solar System. In developing the law of universal gravitation, Isaac Newton built upon Copernicus's work as well as Johannes Kepler's laws of planetary motion and observations by Tycho Brahe. Further observational improvements led to the realization that the Sun is one of a few hundred billion stars in the Milky Way, which is one of a few hundred billion galaxies in the universe. Many of the stars in a galaxy have planets. At the largest scale, galaxies are distributed uniformly and the same in all directions, meaning that the universe has neither an edge nor a center. At smaller scales, galaxies are distributed in clusters and superclusters which form immense filaments and voids in space, creating a vast foam-like structure. Discoveries in the early 20th century have suggested that the universe had a beginning and that space has been expanding since then at an increasing rate.According to the Big Bang theory, the energy and matter initially present have become less dense as the universe expanded. After an initial accelerated expansion called the inflationary epoch at around 10−32 seconds, and the separation of the four known fundamental forces, the universe gradually cooled and continued to expand, allowing the first subatomic particles and simple atoms to form. Dark matter gradually gathered, forming a foam-like structure of filaments and voids under the influence of gravity. Giant clouds of hydrogen and helium were gradually drawn to the places where dark matter was most dense, forming the first galaxies, stars, and everything else seen today. From studying the movement of galaxies, it has been discovered that the universe contains much more matter than is accounted for by visible objects; stars, galaxies, nebulas and interstellar gas. This unseen matter is known as dark matter (dark means that there is a wide range of strong indirect evidence that it exists, but we have not yet detected it directly). The ΛCDM model is the most widely accepted model of the universe. It suggests that about 69.2%±1.2% [2015] of the mass and energy in the universe is a cosmological constant (or, in extensions to ΛCDM, other forms of dark energy, such as a scalar field) which is responsible for the current expansion of space, and about 25.8%±1.1% [2015] is dark matter. Ordinary ('baryonic') matter is therefore only 4.84%±0.1% [2015] of the physical universe. Stars, planets, and visible gas clouds only form about 6% of the ordinary matter.There are many competing hypotheses about the ultimate fate of the universe and about what, if anything, preceded the Big Bang, while other physicists and philosophers refuse to speculate, doubting that information about prior states will ever be accessible. Some physicists have suggested various multiverse hypotheses, in which our universe might be one among many universes that likewise exist.


  1. universe

    The universe is the entirety of all matter, energy, space, and time, including any celestial bodies, galaxies, and natural phenomena that exist. It encompasses everything that can be observed or detected, both known and unknown, and is believed to have originated from the Big Bang around 13.8 billion years ago. The universe is constantly expanding and evolving, with countless galaxies, stars, and other cosmic objects spread throughout its vast expanse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Universenoun

    all created things viewed as constituting one system or whole; the whole body of things, or of phenomena; the / / of the Greeks, the mundus of the Latins; the world; creation


  1. Universe

    The Universe is commonly defined as the totality of existence, including planets, stars, galaxies, the contents of intergalactic space, and all matter and energy. Similar terms include the cosmos, the world and nature. Scientific observation of the Universe, the observable part of which is about 93 billion light years in diameter, has led to inferences of its earlier stages. These observations suggest that the Universe has been governed by the same physical laws and constants throughout most of its extent and history. The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological model that describes the early development of the Universe, which in physical cosmology is calculated to have occurred 13.798 ± 0.037 billion years ago. There are various multiverse hypotheses, in which physicists have suggested that the Universe might be one among many universes that likewise exist. The farthest distance that it is theoretically possible for humans to see is described as the observable Universe. Observations have shown that the Universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate. There are many competing theories about the ultimate fate of the Universe. Physicists remain unsure about what, if anything, preceded the Big Bang. Many refuse to speculate, doubting that any information from any such prior state could ever be accessible.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Universe

    ū′ni-vėrs, n. the whole system of created things: all created things viewed as one whole: the world.—adj. Universolog′ical.—ns. Universol′ogist; Universol′ogy, the science of the universe, or of all forms of human activity. [L. universum, neut. sing. of universus, whole, unus, one, versus, vertĕre, to turn.]

Editors Contribution

  1. universe

    A space in the multiverse like a computer composed of animals, beings, structures, systems, conscience, consciousness, hearts, mind, spirit, souls, memory, skills, software, solutions, tools, love, light, expression, data, information, emotion, frequency, intelligence, color, inspiration, knowledge, knowing, learning, wisdom, understanding, weather, climate, facts, joy, love, balance, justness, fairness, truth, harmony and energy cocreating as a collective and intelligent being justly and fairly.

    The universe is amazing and we all know within our soul we are infinite beings here to evolve and change and improve.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

  2. universenoun

    One having a consisting of 1 writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme of lines that form a unit in the Bible or other scriptures timed at hand. 1.) All existing matter and space considered as a whole. A particular sphere of activity, interest, or experience.

    The Most High created the Universe in his own time, which was 7 days.

    Etymology: The Cosmos

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on December 4, 2023  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'universe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3632

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'universe' in Nouns Frequency: #1482

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of universe in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of universe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of universe in a Sentence

  1. Jean Giraudoux:

    A golf course is the epitome of all that is transitory in the universe, a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible.

  2. Christian Bale:

    It's wonderful to be a part of a trilogy that proved those people wrong, i'm not certain if it kickstarted [ the Marvel Cinematic Universe ] but it certainly helped along the way.

  3. Link Starbureiy:

    In order to hack the Universe, you first have to find its fugue

  4. Purvi Raniga:

    Start your day with open arms and the biggest smile. Your life will love you and surprise you with all the happiness, success and abundance in this universe.

  5. Ryan Reynolds:

    I think this character inhabits a space in the comic book universe that no other canon does, it's a miracle that a studio let us make 'Deadpool,' let alone a R-rated 'Deadpool.'.

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