- 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.
These planets orbit the sun.
- the bony cavity containing the eye; eye socket
Origin of orbitL 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 of orbitMiddle French orbite ; from Medieval Latin orbita ; from Classical Latin path, track ; from orbis, a circle, wheel
- to put (a satellite or spacecraft) into an orbit in space
- to move in an orbit around
- a. The path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body due to their mutual gravitational attraction.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. Also called eye socket.
verbor·bit·ed, or·bit·ing, or·bits
- To revolve around (a center of attraction): The moon orbits Earth.
- To put into an orbit: The space agency orbited a new satellite.
Origin of orbitMiddle English orbite, eye socket, from Old French, from Latin orbita, orbit, probably from orbis.
- A circular or elliptical path of one object around another object.
- The Moon's orbit around the Earth takes nearly one month to complete.
- A sphere of influence; an area of control.
- In the post WWII era, several eastern European countries came into the orbit of the Soviet Union.
- The course of one's usual progression, or the extent of one's typical range.
- The convenience store was a heavily travelled point in her daily orbit, as she purchased both cigarettes and lottery tickets there.
- (anatomy) The bony cavity containing the eyeball; the eye socket.
- (physics) The path an electron takes around an atom's nucleus.
- (mathematics) A collection of points related by the evolution function of a dynamical system.
(third-person singular simple present orbits, present participle orbiting, simple past and past participle orbited)
From Latin orbita (“course, track”).