The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Globe \Globe\ (gl[=o]b), n. [L. globus, perh. akin to L. glomus
a ball of yarn, and E. clump, golf: cf. F. globe.]
1. A round or spherical body, solid or hollow; a body whose
surface is in every part equidistant from the center; a
ball; a sphere.
2. Anything which is nearly spherical or globular in shape;
as, the globe of the eye; the globe of a lamp.
3. The earth; the terraqueous ball; -- usually preceded by
the definite article. --Locke.
4. A round model of the world; a spherical representation of
the earth or heavens; as, a terrestrial or celestial
globe; -- called also artificial globe.
5. A body of troops, or of men or animals, drawn up in a
circle; -- a military formation used by the Romans,
answering to the modern infantry square.
A globe of fiery seraphim inclosed. --Milton.
Globe amaranth (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gomphrena
(G. globosa), bearing round heads of variously colored
flowers, which long retain color when gathered.
Globe animalcule, a small, globular, locomotive organism
(Volvox globator), once throught to be an animal,
afterward supposed to be a colony of microscopic alg[ae].
Globe of compression (Mil.), a kind of mine producing a
wide crater; -- called also overcharged mine.
Globe daisy (Bot.), a plant or flower of the genus
Globularing, common in Europe. The flowers are minute
and form globular heads.
Globe sight, a form of front sight placed on target rifles.
Globe slater (Zool.), an isopod crustacean of the genus
Globe thistle (Bot.), a thistlelike plant with the flowers
in large globular heads (Cynara Scolymus); also, certain
species of the related genus Echinops.
(a) A ball valve.
(b) A valve inclosed in a globular chamber. --Knight.
Syn: Globe, Sphere, Orb, Ball.
Usage: Globe denotes a round, and usually a solid body;
sphere is the term applied in astronomy to such a
body, or to the concentric spheres or orbs of the old
astronomers; orb is used, especially in poetry, for
globe or sphere, and also for the pathway of a
heavenly body; ball is applied to the heavenly bodies
concieved of as impelled through space.