From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

global \glob"al\ adj.
   1. involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in
      scope; as, global war; global monetary policy.

   Syn: planetary, worldwide.
        [WordNet 1.5]

   2. shaped like a globe; spherical.

   Syn: ball-shaped, globose, globular, orbicular, spheric,
        [WordNet 1.5]

   3. broad in scope or content; comprehensive. Opposite of

   Syn: all-embracing, all-inclusive, across-the-board,
        blanket(prenominal), broad, complete, panoptic, wide.
        [WordNet 1.5]

   4. (Computers) Accessible and effective throughout an entire
      computer program, rather than in only one subroutine; --
      used of variables; as, global variable. Opposite of
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