universe Idioms & Phrases

clockwork universe

  • noun the view that the universe resembles a clock built by God and ticking along according to Newtonian mechanics

closed universe

  • noun (cosmology) a universe that is spatially closed and in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter

hub of the universe

  • noun state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services
    Bean Town; Boston; Beantown; capital of Massachusetts.

universe of discourse

  • noun everything stated or assumed in a given discussion