What does orbit mean?

Definitions for orbit
ˈɔr bɪtor·bit

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word orbit.

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"

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.

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  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.

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  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.

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  4. orbit(Noun)

    The bony cavity containing the eyeball; the eye socket.

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  5. orbit(Noun)

    The path an electron takes around an atom's nucleus

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  6. orbit(Noun)

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

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  7. orbit(Verb)

    To circle or revolve around another object.

    The Earth orbits the Sun.

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  8. orbit(Verb)

    To move around the general vicinity of something.

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

    Etymology: Latin orbita ‘course, track’.

  9. orbit(Verb)

    To place an object into an orbit around a planet

    A rocket was used to orbit the satellite

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Orbit

    or′bit, n. the path in which one of the heavenly bodies, as a planet, moves round another, as the sun: the hollow in the bone in which the eyeball rests—also Or′bita: the skin round the eye.—adjs. Or′bital, Or′bitary. [L. orbitaorbis, a ring.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Orbit

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. orbit

    The path described by a planet or comet round the sun.

Editors Contribution

  1. orbit

    To move in a specific direction.

    The satellite orbit follows the direction of the movement of the plantet.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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How to say orbit in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orbit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orbit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of orbit in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Knight:

    The motion of' Oumuamua didn't simply follow gravity along a parabolic orbit as we would expect from an asteroid, but visually, it hasn't ever displayed any of the cometlike characteristics we'd expect. There is no discernable coma -- the cloud of ice, dust and gas that surrounds active comets -- nor a dust tail or gas jets.

  2. Diana Dragomir:

    Its the coolest small planet that we know of around a star this bright, we know a lot about atmospheres of hot planets, but because its very hard to find small planets that orbit farther from their stars and are therefore cooler, we havent been able to learn much about these smaller, cooler planets.

  3. Holger Krag:

    Owing to the geometry of the station’s orbit, we can already exclude the possibility that any fragments will fall over any spot further north than 43N or further south than 43S.

  4. Konstantin Batygin:

    Although we were initially quite skeptical that this planet could exist, as we continued to investigate its orbit and what it would mean for the outer solar system, we become increasingly convinced that it is out there, for the first time in over 150 years, there is solid evidence that the solar system’s planetary census is incomplete.

  5. Kevin Wagner:

    It is not clear how this planet ended up on its wide orbit in this extreme system ... but it shows there is more variety out there than many would have deemed possible.

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