Definitions for Orbitˈɔr bɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•bitˈɔr bɪt(n.)

  1. the curved path, usu. elliptical, described by a planet, satellite, spaceship, etc., around a celestial body.

    Category: Astronomy

  2. the usual course of one's life.

  3. the sphere of influence, as of a nation or person.

  4. Physics. (in Bohr theory) the path traced by an electron revolving around the nucleus of an atom.

    Category: Physics

  5. the bony cavity of the skull that contains the eye; eye socket.

    Category: Anatomy

  6. the part surrounding the eye of a bird or insect.

    Category: Zoology

  7. (v.t.)to move or travel around in an orbital or elliptical path.

    Category: Astronomy

  8. to send into orbit, as a satellite.

    Category: Aerospace

  9. (v.i.)to travel in an orbit.

Origin of orbit:

1350–1400; ME < L orbita wheel track, course, circuit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. orbit, celestial orbit(noun)

    the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another

    "he plotted the orbit of the moon"

  2. sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arena(noun)

    a particular environment or walk of life

    "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit"

  3. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit(noun)

    an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"

    "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"

  4. orbit, electron orbit(noun)

    the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom

  5. eye socket, orbit, cranial orbit, orbital cavity(verb)

    the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball

  6. orb, orbit, revolve(verb)

    move in an orbit

    "The moon orbits around the Earth"; "The planets are orbiting the sun"; "electrons orbit the nucleus"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. orbit(noun)ˈɔrbət

    the circular path of sth that moves around sth else in space

    the Earth's orbit; in orbit around the moon

  2. orbit(verb)ˈɔrbət

    to move in an orbit

    The moon orbits the earth.

Wiktionary

  1. orbit(Noun)

    A circular or elliptical path of one object around another object.

    The Moon's orbit around the Earth takes nearly one month to complete.

  2. orbit(Noun)

    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.

  3. orbit(Noun)

    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.

  4. orbit(Noun)

    The bony cavity containing the eyeball; the eye socket.

  5. orbit(Noun)

    The path an electron takes around an atom's nucleus

  6. orbit(Noun)

    A collection of points related by the evolution function of a dynamical system.

  7. orbit(Verb)

    To circle or revolve around another object.

    The Earth orbits the Sun.

  8. orbit(Verb)

    To move around the general vicinity of something.

    The harried mother had a cloud of children orbiting her, asking for sweets.

  9. orbit(Verb)

    To place an object into an orbit around a planet

    A rocket was used to orbit the satellite

  10. Origin: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

Freebase

  1. ORBit

    ORBit is a CORBA 2.4 compliant Object Request Broker. It features mature C, C++ and Python bindings, and less developed bindings for Perl, Lisp, Pascal, Ruby, and Tcl. Most of the code is distributed under the LGPL license, although the IDL compiler and utilities use the GPL. ORBit was originally written to serve as middleware for the GNOME project, but has seen use outside of the project.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Orbit

    Bony cavity that holds the eyeball and its associated tissues and appendages.


Translations for Orbit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

orbit(noun)

the path in which something moves around a planet, star etc, eg the path of the Earth round the Sun or of a spacecraft round the Earth

The spaceship is in orbit round the moon.

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