1. A body with the shape of a sphere, especially a representation of the earth in the form of a hollow ball.
a. The earth.
b. A planet.
3. A spherical or bowllike container, especially a glass cover for a light bulb.
4. A sphere emblematic of sovereignty; an orb.
intr. & tr.v. globed, glob·ing, globes
To assume the shape of or form into a sphere.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin globus.]
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