Full record for planet-wide adj.

Definition occurring all over the planet, as extensive as the planet
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite James MacCreigh (Frederik Pohl), "The King's Eye"
Comment Mike 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": we would like to verify 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)

Earliest cite in the OED: 1969.

Last modified 3 February, 2010

Citations for planet-wide adj.

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1945 Astounding Sci. 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.
1949 S.G. Weinbaum Valley of Dreams in Martian Odyssey & Others 51 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?
1954 C. Oliver Field Expedient in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 137 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.
1979 J. P. Hogan Two Faces of Tomorrow (1987) 87 The only way you'll ever know how a planetwide complex of them will perform is by building it.
1984 R. Silverberg Trouble With Sempoanga in R. Silverberg Conglomeroid Cocktail Party (1984) 171–2 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.
1992 Waldenbooks Hailing Frequencies 11 (advt.) As they battle its many exotic—and deadly—life-forms, they soon discover evidence of a planetwide secret and a landmass cloaked in myth and mystery.
1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash xlviii. 328 A fundamental rebuilding of the whole Metaverse, carried out on a planetwide, corporate level.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars v.258 Is there anything to stop it from growing planetwide?
2002 A. Roberts Stone 184, 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.
2005 I. M. Banks Algebraist iii. 157 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.
2005 C. Stross Accelerando viii. 369 Although, on the other hand, if we can mobilize enough broad support to become the first visible planetwide polity‥