- The definition of an orbit is a circular shape, the rotation of one full circle or a range of experience.
- The path the earth takes around the sun is an example of the earth's orbit.
- The 365 days it takes the earth to get around the sun is an example of the time it takes for a complete orbit or full circle around.
- The experiences and actions of one person during a period of time is an example of his orbit.
- To orbit is to move around something in a circle.
When the earth moves around the sun, this action is an example of to orbit.
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- the bony cavity containing the eye; eye socket
Origin: L orbita
- the actual or imaginary path taken by a celestial body during its periodic revolution around another body
- the path taken by an artificial satellite or spacecraft around a celestial body
- the range of one's experience or activity; ordinary course of life
- Zool. the skin around the eye of a bird
Origin: MFr orbite from Midieval Latin orbita from L, path, track from orbis, a circle, wheel
- to put (a satellite or spacecraft) into an orbit in space
- to move in an orbit around
- orbital adjective
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- a. The path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body.b. One complete revolution of such a body.
- The path of a body in a field of force surrounding another body; for example, the movement of an atomic electron in relation to a nucleus.
- a. A range of activity, experience, or knowledge.b. A range of control or influence: “What magnetism drew these quaking ruined creatures into his orbit?” (Malcolm Lowry). See Synonyms at range.
- Either of two bony cavities in the skull containing an eye and its external structures; an eye socket.
- To put into an orbit: orbit a satellite.
- To revolve around (a center of attraction): The moon orbits Earth.
Origin: Middle English orbite, eye socket, from Old French, from Latin orbita, orbit, probably from orbis.
orbit - Cultural Definition
In astronomy, the path followed by an object revolving around another object, under the influence of gravitation (see satellite). In physics, the path followed by an electron within an atom. The planets follow elliptical orbits around the sun (see ellipse).
orbit - Medical Definition
orbit - Phrases/Idioms
orbit - Science Definition
- The path followed by a celestial body or artificial satellite as it revolves around another body due to the force of gravity. Orbits are nearly elliptical or circular in shape and are very closely approximated by Kepler's laws of planetary motion.
- One complete revolution of such a body. See Note at solar system.
- A stable quantum state of an electron (or other particle) in motion around an atomic nucleus. See more at orbital.
- Either of two bony hollows in the skull containing the eye and its associated structures.
- To move in an orbit around another body.
- To put into an orbit, as a satellite is put into orbit around the Earth.
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