Suborbital Definition

sŭb-ôrbĭ-tl
sub-orbital
adjective
Designating or of a flight in which a rocket, spacecraft, etc. follows a ballistic trajectory of less than one orbit.
Webster's New World
Beneath the orbit of the eye.
Webster's New World

Not reaching orbit; having a trajectory that does not reach escape velocity and so must return to ground eventually.

The first rocket test was suborbital; it didn't even get off the ground but rather exploded on the launchpad.
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noun
A suborbital part, such as a bone, nerve, or cartilage.
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