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. Him round a globe of fiery seraphim inclosed. (Milton) globe amaranth, a thistlelike plant with the flowers in large globular heads (Cynara Scolymus); also, certain species of the related genus Echinops. Globe valve. A ball valve. A valve inclosed in a globular chamber.
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.