[Fr., from L. globus, ball.] A round body imitating the earth and made of some light material. At two opposite points are fixed two pins, round which it turns ; these are called the poles. The two pins produced through the centre represent the axis of the globe. The pins turn in two holes made in a brass circle surrounding the globe, called the brass meridian. Round the middle of the globe, at an equal distance from the poles, a circle is drawn, and divided into 3600, called the equator. Another great circle drawn round the globe, and inclined to the equator at an angle of 231/2, is called the ecliptic. It indicates the sun's line of apparent annual motion.