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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eyeball, orbnoun

    the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye

  2. ball, globe, orbverb

    an object with a spherical shape

    "a ball of fire"

  3. orb, orbit, revolveverb

    move in an orbit

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


  1. orbnoun

    A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star

  2. orbnoun

    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

  3. orbnoun

    A circle; especially, a circle, or nearly circular orbit, described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an orbit

  4. orbnoun

    A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. --John Milton

  5. orbnoun

    The eye, as luminous and spherical

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

  6. orbnoun

    A revolving circular body; a wheel

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

  7. orbnoun

    A sphere of action. --William Wordsworth

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

  8. orbnoun

    A globus cruciger

  9. orbnoun

    A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography

  10. orbverb

    to form into an orb or circle

  11. orbverb

    to encircle; to surround; to inclose

  12. orbverb

    to become round like an orb

  13. Etymology: orbe, from orbis. Compare orbit.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORBnoun

    Etymology: orbe, Fr. orbis, Latin.

    A mighty collection of water inclosed in the bowels of the earth, constitutes an huge orb in the interior or central parts; upon the surface of which orb of water the terrestrial strata are expanded. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    The with a storm of darts to distance drive
    The Trojan chief; who held at bay from far,
    On his Vulcanian orb sustain’d the war. Dryden.

    In the floor of heav’n
    There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st,
    But in his motion like an angel sings,
    Still quiring to the young-ey’d cherubims. William Shakespeare.

    The orbs
    Of his fierce chariot roll’d as with the sound
    Of torrent floods. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    Astronomers, to solve the phenomena, framed to their conceit eccentricks and epicycles, and a wonderful engine of orbs, though no such things were. Francis Bacon.

    With smiling aspect you serenely move,
    In your fifth orb, and rule the realm of love. Dryden.

    Self-begot, self-rais’d,
    By our own quick’ning pow’r, when fatal course
    Had circled his full orb, the birth mature
    Of this our native heav’n. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    Will you again unknit
    This churlish knot of all abhorred war,
    And move in that obedient orb again,
    Where you did give a fair and nat’ral light. William Shakespeare.

    A drop serene hath quench’d their orbs,
    Or dim suffusion veil’d. John Milton.


  1. Orb

    Orb is freeware streaming software that enables users to remotely access all their personal digital media files including pictures, music, videos and television. It can be used from any Internet-enabled device, including laptops, pocket PC, smartphones, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii video game consoles. It is now edited and controlled by Oakland, California based Orb Networks.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Orb

    orb, adj. (obs.) bereft, esp. of children. [L. orbus.]

  2. Orb

    orb, n. a circle: a sphere: a celestial body: a wheel: any rolling body: the eye: (archit.) a blank window or panel: the globe forming part of regalia, the monde or mound: the space within which the astrological influence of a planet operates.—v.t. to surround: to form into an orb.—adjs. Or′bate; Orbed, in the form of an orb; circular; Orbic′ular, having the form of an orb or sphere: spherical: round.—n. Orbiculā′ris, a muscle surrounding an opening.—adv. Orbic′ularly.—n. Orbic′ularness.—adjs. Orbic′ulate, -d, made in the form of an orb.—n. Orbiculā′tion.—adj. Or′by, orbed. [L. orbis, circle.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. orb

    The circular figure made by a body of troops.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. orb

    In tactics, is the disposing of a number of soldiers in circular form of defense. The orb has been thought of consequence enough to employ the attention of the famous Marshal de Puysegur, in his “Art of War,” who prefers this position to throw a body of infantry in an open country to resist cavalry, or even a superior force of infantry; because it is regular, and equally strong, and gives an enemy no reason to expect better success by attacking one place than another. Cæsar drew up his whole army in this form when he fought against Labienus. The whole army of the Gauls was formed into an orb, under the command of Sabinus and Cotta, when fighting against the Romans. The orb was generally formed six deep.

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  4. bro

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orb in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of orb in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    Think, In mounting higher, The angels would press on us, and aspire To drop some golden orb of perfect song Into our deep, dear silence.

  2. Lynton Crosby:

    All the signs of ORB’s latest and final poll point to a referendum that will truly come down to the wire.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Foolery, Sir, does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere.

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. meerschaum
    • B. macron
    • C. arbalist
    • D. ventricle

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