system-wide adj.

extending or existing throughout or across a solar system

  • 1935 J. W. Campbell Contest of the Planets in Amazing Stories Jan. 26/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Had men been afflicted with some titanic system-wide plague?

  • 1940 E. Hamilton Three Planeteers in Startling Stories Jan. 59/1 page image Edmond Hamilton

    The system-wide demand for them was responsible for the fact that slith-hunting was a profession on this world.

  • 1943 F. Brown Daymare in Thrilling Wonder Stories Fall 29/1 page image Fredric Brown bibliography

    Under a perfectly democratic government, component part of a stable system-wide organization of planets, there was no need for such activity.

  • 1949 P. Anderson Double-Dyed Villains in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 8/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    You want to win the coming system-wide election.

  • 1950 H. Beam Piper Last Enemy in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 12/1 H. Beam Piper

    They have a single System-wide government, a single race, and a universal language.

  • 1953 F. Brown And Gods Laughed in Tops in Science Fiction Fall 54/1 Fredric Brown bibliography

    And you’re out of radio range except for the usual once-a-terrestrial-day, system-wide newscasts.

  • 1963 R. A. Heinlein Podkayne of Mars 12 Robert A. Heinlein bibliography

    She holds a system-wide license as a Master Engineer, Heavy Construction, Surface or Free Fall.

  • 1986 Aboriginal Science Fiction Oct. 3/2 page image

    The rephasing reaction, I learned later, created a system-wide energy imbalance, but the only sign of it was the dimming of something called ‘Comet Halley’ which appears periodically to the Earth creatures.

  • 2007 N. Kress Fountain of Age in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 96 page image Nancy Kress bibliography

    A system-wide background check wouldn’t hold, but why should anyone do a system-wide background check on a cleaning supervisor?


Research requirements

antedating 1935

Earliest cite

J. W. Campbell, Jr., in Amazing Stories

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1953 reprint of Fredric Brown's 1944 "And the Gods Laughed".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from H. Beam Piper's "Last Enemy".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Double-Dyed Villains"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1949 original.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a cite from Fredric Brown's "Daymare", in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a cite from J. W. Campbell, in "Amazing Stories"

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