Orb definition

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A sphere or spherical object.
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An eye or eyeball.
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A globe surmounted by a cross, used as a symbol of monarchial power and justice.
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One of a series of concentric transparent spheres thought by ancient and medieval astronomers to revolve about the earth and carry the celestial bodies.
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A sphere, or globe.
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A small globe with a cross on top, as a symbol of royal power.
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(archaic) A collective body; organized whole.
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(rare) To move in an orbit.
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(archaic) Something of circular form; a circle or orbit.
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A celestial body, such as the sun or moon.
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(archaic) The earth.
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To shape into a circle or sphere.
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(archaic) To encircle; enclose.
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(old poet.) The eye or eyeball.
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(rare) Anything circular in form; circle.
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(astrol.) The sphere of influence of a planet, star, or house.
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Any of the celestial bodies, as the sun or moon.
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(obs.) The earth.
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The orbit of a planet.
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A sphere of activity; province.
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Rank; status.
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To form into a sphere or circle.
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(old poet.) To enclose or encircle.
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A sphere or spherical object.
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An eye or eyeball.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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(rare) A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. --John Milton.
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(poetic) The eye, as luminous and spherical.

A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --John Milton.

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(poetic) A revolving circular body; a wheel.

The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. --John Milton.

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(rare) A sphere of action. --William Wordsworth.

But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --Shakespeare.

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A globus cruciger.
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A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography.
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(military) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defence, especially infantry to repel cavalry.
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(poetic) To form into an orb or circle.

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(poetic) To encircle; to surround; to enclose.
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(poetic, intransitive) To become round like an orb.
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(architecture) A blank window or panel.

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(software engineering) Initialism of Object Request Broker.
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To move in an orbit.
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(old poet.) To take on the shape of an orb.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
orb
Plural:
orbs

Origin of orb

  • Middle English orbe orbit from Old French from Latin orbis circle, disk, orbit orbh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French orbe, from Latin orbis (“circle, orb"). Compare orbit.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old French orb (“blind"), from Latin orbus (“destitute").

    From Wiktionary