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universe noun 1 astron a (the Universe) all existing space, energy and matter, ie the whole of space and all the galaxies, stars, planets, moons, asteroids and other bodies contained within it; the cosmos. b a star system; a galaxy. 2 a domain; a sphere of activity, interest, etc. 3 the world; all people.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c; 14c in obsolete form in universe, meaning 'universally' or 'of universal application': from French univers, from Latin universum the whole world, from universus all together, literally 'turned into one', from unus one + vertere to turn.
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