- a sphere, or globe
- any of the celestial bodies, as the sun or moon
- Obs. the earth
- the orbit of a planet
- Old Poet. the eye or eyeball
- a small globe with a cross on top, as a symbol of royal power
- a sphere of activity; province
- rank; status
- Archaic a collective body; organized whole
- Rare anything circular in form; circle
- Astrol. the sphere of influence of a planet, star, or house
Origin of orbClassical Latin orbis, a circle
- to form into a sphere or circle
- Old Poet. to enclose or encircle
- Rare to move in an orbit
- Old Poet. to take on the shape of an orb
- A sphere or spherical object.
- a. A celestial body, such as the sun or moon.b. Archaic The earth.
- One of a series of concentric transparent spheres thought by ancient and medieval astronomers to rotate about the earth and carry the celestial bodies.
- A globe surmounted by a cross, used as a symbol of monarchial power and justice.
- An eye or eyeball.
- Archaic Something of circular form; a circle or orbit.
verborbed, orb·ing, orbs
- To shape into a circle or sphere.
- Archaic To encircle; enclose.
Origin of orbMiddle English orbe orbit from Old French from Latin orbis circle, disk, orbit ; see orbh- in Indo-European roots.
late 12th-century German Imperial Orb of the
Holy Roman Empire
- A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star
- In the small orb of one particular tear. --Shakespeare
- Whether the prime orb, Incredible how swift, had thither rolled. -- John Milton
- One of the azure transparent spheres conceived by the ancients to be inclosed one within another, and to carry the heavenly bodies in their revolutions
- A circle; especially, a circle, or nearly circular orbit, described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an orbit
- The schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign eccentrics, and epicycles, and such engines of orbs. --Bacon
- You seem to me as Dian in her orb. --Shakespeare
- In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb. --John Milton
- (rare) A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. --John Milton
- (poetic) The eye, as luminous and spherical
- A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --John Milton
- (poetic) A revolving circular body; a wheel
- The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. --John Milton
- (rare) A sphere of action. --William Wordsworth
- But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --Shakespeare
- A globus cruciger
- A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography
- (military) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defence, especially infantry to repel cavalry.
(third-person singular simple present orbs, present participle orbing, simple past and past participle orbed)
- (poetic) to form into an orb or circle
- (poetic) to encircle; to surround; to enclose
- (poetic, intransitive) to become round like an orb
- (architecture) A blank window or panel.
Old French orb (“blind"), from Latin orbus (“destitute").
- (software engineering) Initialism of Object Request Broker.