extending over or affecting an entire planet
OED records a 1920 example in the sense ‘affecting all of Earth’.
A planet-wide sentimental spree over the revival of the monarchy and the marriage of the beautiful and popular princess.
Martian Cabal in Astounding Stories May 204/2
With only coal and oil—just combustion or electric power—where'd they get the energy to build a planet-wide canal system, thousands and thousands of miles of 'em?
Valley of Dreams in Wonder Stories Nov. 690/1
1945 Astounding Science Fiction June 32
Handing over a planet-wide empire to a successor is not a thing to be undertaken in a day or two—normally.
After a million years or so of bashing in each other’s brains with bigger and better weapons, the human animal had finally achieved a fairly uniform, stable, planetwide civilization.
Field Expedient in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 137
The only way you'll ever know how a planetwide complex of them will perform is by building it.
Two Faces of Tomorrow (1987) 87
His own planet, Waldemar, was a frosty place with a planetwide winter for three-quarters of the year, and on Sempoanga he erupted with great gusto into eternal tropical summer.
Trouble With Sempoanga in R. Silverberg Conglomeroid Cocktail Party (1984) 171—2
A fundamental rebuilding of the whole Metaverse, carried out on a planetwide, corporate level.
Snow Crash xlviii. 328
I won prizes for playing the conscree, and travelled to Sobrianna, the major city on Terne to take part in planetwide competition.
2002 Cult Times Apr. 60/4
An advertising executive discovers that he is actually living in a virtual world designed to stop people knowing of a planetwide apocalypse.
The gas-giant filled the sky, so close that its rotund bulk took on the appearance of a vast wall, its belts and zones of tearing, swirling, ever-eddying clouds looking like colossal contra-rotating, planet-wide streams of madly coloured liquid caught whirling past each other under perfectly transparent ice.
Algebraist iii. 157
Although, on the other hand, if we can mobilize enough broad support to become the first visible planetwide polity…
We knew it was there, but whatever systems Carl used to turn our biosphere into a planetwide computer were too elegant for us to even perceive. You’d almost think it wasn’t there, which I guess is the point.
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor 441
R. F. Starzl, in Astounding
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from editorial material by John Campbell in Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1949 reprint of Stanley G. Weinbaum's "Valley of Dreams": Jesse Sheidlower verified this in the original publication (Wonder Stories, November 1934)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from "The Leapers" by Carol Grey (pseudonym of Robert W. Lowndes)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from "The King's Eye" by James MacCreigh (pseudonym of Frederik Pohl)
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of "The Machine" by "Don A. Stuart" (John W. Campbell): we would like to verify this in its first publication (Astounding Stories, February 1935).
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Hank Green.
Earliest cite in OED2: 1969. Updated to 1920, in a non-SFnal context, in OED3.
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