From Middle English universe, from Old French univers, from Latin universum (all things, as a whole, the universe), neuter of universus (all together, whole, entire, collective, general, literally turned or combined into one), from uni-, combining form of unus (one) + versus (turned), perfect passive participle of vertō (to turn). Analyzable as uni- + -verse through backformation of the suffix -verse.
universe (plural universes)
- The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos.
- I think that the universe was created by a life force rather than a deity.
- An entity similar to our universe; one component of a larger entity known as the multiverse.
- There may be a parallel universe out there.
- Everything under consideration.
- In all this universe of possibilities, there is only one feasible option.
- (mathematics) The set of all things considered.
- (statistics, psychometrics) The set of all admissible observations.
- (marketing, economics) A sample taken from the population.
- An imaginary collection of worlds.
- The universe in this comic book series is richly imagined.
- (literature, films) A collection of stories with characters and settings that are less interrelated than those of sequels or prequels.
- A whole world, in the sense of perspective or social setting.
- That didn’t just rock my world, it rocked my universe.
- A deity who is equivalent to the sum of everything that exists in the cosmos.
- The universe wants you to succeed.
universe or Universe
- Specifically our universe.
- alternate universe
- expanded universe
- known universe
- observable universe
- parallel universe
- shared universe
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