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or·bit

 (ôr′bĭt)
n.
1.
a. The path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body due to their mutual gravitational attraction.
b. One complete revolution of such a body.
2. The path of a body in a field of force surrounding another body; for example, the movement of an atomic electron in relation to a nucleus.
3.
a. A range of activity, experience, or knowledge.
b. A range of control or influence: "What magnetism drew these quaking ruined creatures into his orbit?" (Malcolm Lowry). See Synonyms at range.
4. Either of two bony cavities in the skull containing an eye and its external structures. Also called eye socket.
v. or·bit·ed, or·bit·ing, or·bits
v.intr.
To move in an orbit.
v.tr.
1. To revolve around (a center of attraction): The moon orbits Earth.
2. To put into an orbit: The space agency orbited a new satellite.

[Middle English orbita, eye socket, from Old French orbite, from Latin orbita, orbit, probably from orbis.]

orbit

(ˈɔːbɪt)
n
1. (Astronomy) astronomy the curved path, usually elliptical, followed by a planet, satellite, comet, etc, in its motion around another celestial body under the influence of gravitation
2. a range or field of action or influence; sphere: he is out of my orbit.
3. (Anatomy) anatomy the bony cavity containing the eyeball. Nontechnical name: eye socket
4. (Zoology) zoology
a. the skin surrounding the eye of a bird
b. the hollow in which lies the eye or eyestalk of an insect or other arthropod
5. (Atomic Physics) physics the path of an electron in its motion around the nucleus of an atom
vb
6. (Astronomy) to move around (a body) in a curved path, usually circular or elliptical
7. (Astronautics) (tr) to send (a satellite, spacecraft, etc) into orbit
8. (intr) to move in or as if in an orbit
[C16: from Latin orbita course, from orbis circle, orb]

or•bit

(ˈɔr bɪt)
n.
1. the curved path, usu. elliptical, described by a planet, satellite, spaceship, etc., around a celestial body.
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.
5. the bony cavity of the skull that contains the eye; eye socket.
6. the part surrounding the eye of a bird or insect.
v.t.
7. to move or travel around in an orbital or elliptical path.
8. to send into orbit, as a satellite.
v.i.
9. to travel in an orbit.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin orbita wheel track, course, circuit]

or·bit

(ôr′bĭt)
Noun
1.
a. The path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body.
b. One complete revolution of such a body. See Note at solar system.
2. The path of a body in a field of force surrounding another body; for example, the path of an electron in relation to the nucleus of an atom.
3. Either of two bony hollows in the skull containing the eye and its associated structures.
Verb
1. To move in an orbit around another body.
2. To put into an orbit: orbit a satellite.

orbit

  • apsis - The extreme point of an orbit.
  • eccentric - First meant "not concentric" as it referred to an orbit in which the Earth was not precisely in the center or straying from a circular path; the area where two circles overlap is the eccentric.
  • exorbitant - Originally a legal term for a case outside of the scope of a law; since it implies going "out of orbit," it also first meant "deviating from the true path."
  • orbit - First meant "eye socket"; the eye is located in the eye socket or orbit.

orbit


Past participle: orbited
Gerund: orbiting

Imperative
orbit
orbit
Present
I orbit
you orbit
he/she/it orbits
we orbit
you orbit
they orbit
Preterite
I orbited
you orbited
he/she/it orbited
we orbited
you orbited
they orbited
Present Continuous
I am orbiting
you are orbiting
he/she/it is orbiting
we are orbiting
you are orbiting
they are orbiting
Present Perfect
I have orbited
you have orbited
he/she/it has orbited
we have orbited
you have orbited
they have orbited
Past Continuous
I was orbiting
you were orbiting
he/she/it was orbiting
we were orbiting
you were orbiting
they were orbiting
Past Perfect
I had orbited
you had orbited
he/she/it had orbited
we had orbited
you had orbited
they had orbited
Future
I will orbit
you will orbit
he/she/it will orbit
we will orbit
you will orbit
they will orbit
Future Perfect
I will have orbited
you will have orbited
he/she/it will have orbited
we will have orbited
you will have orbited
they will have orbited
Future Continuous
I will be orbiting
you will be orbiting
he/she/it will be orbiting
we will be orbiting
you will be orbiting
they will be orbiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been orbiting
you have been orbiting
he/she/it has been orbiting
we have been orbiting
you have been orbiting
they have been orbiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been orbiting
you will have been orbiting
he/she/it will have been orbiting
we will have been orbiting
you will have been orbiting
they will have been orbiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been orbiting
you had been orbiting
he/she/it had been orbiting
we had been orbiting
you had been orbiting
they had been orbiting
Conditional
I would orbit
you would orbit
he/she/it would orbit
we would orbit
you would orbit
they would orbit
Past Conditional
I would have orbited
you would have orbited
he/she/it would have orbited
we would have orbited
you would have orbited
they would have orbited

orbit

The curving path that one space object takes around another.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orbit - the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about anotherorbit - the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another; "he plotted the orbit of the moon"
apoapsis, point of apoapsis - (astronomy) the point in an orbit farthest from the body being orbited
geosynchronous orbit - a circular orbit around the Earth having a period of 24 hours
itinerary, route, path - an established line of travel or access
periapsis, point of periapsis - (astronomy) the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited
2.orbit - a particular environment or walk of lifeorbit - 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"
environment - the totality of surrounding conditions; "he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room"
distaff - the sphere of work by women
front - a sphere of activity involving effort; "the Japanese were active last week on the diplomatic front"; "they advertise on many different fronts"
kingdom, realm, land - a domain in which something is dominant; "the untroubled kingdom of reason"; "a land of make-believe"; "the rise of the realm of cotton in the south"
lap - an area of control or responsibility; "the job fell right in my lap"
political arena, political sphere - a sphere of intense political activity
preserve - a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone; "medicine is no longer a male preserve"
province, responsibility - the proper sphere or extent of your activities; "it was his province to take care of himself"
3.orbit - an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"orbit - 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"
extent - the distance or area or volume over which something extends; "the vast extent of the desert"; "an orchard of considerable extent"
approximate range, ballpark - near to the scope or range of something; "his answer wasn't even in the right ballpark"
confines - a bounded scope; "he stayed within the confines of the city"
contrast - the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)
internationality, internationalism - quality of being international in scope; "he applauded the internationality of scientific terminology"
latitude - scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction
purview, horizon, view - the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated; "It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge"
expanse, sweep - a wide scope; "the sweep of the plains"
gamut - a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
spectrum - a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities
palette, pallet - the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art
4.orbit - the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atomorbit - the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
itinerary, route, path - an established line of travel or access
5.orbit - the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeballorbit - the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
lacrimal bone - small fragile bone making up part of the front inner walls of each eye socket and providing room for the passage of the lacrimal ducts
skull - the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates
Verb1.orbit - move in an orbit; "The moon orbits around the Earth"; "The planets are orbiting the sun"; "electrons orbit the nucleus"
retrograde - move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies
circle, circulate - move in circles

orbit

noun
1. path, course, track, cycle, circle, revolution, passage, rotation, trajectory, sweep, ellipse, circumgyration the point at which the planet's orbit is closest to the sun
2. sphere of influence, reach, range, influence, province, scope, sphere, domain, compass, ambit Eisenhower acknowledged that Hungary lay within the Soviet orbit.
verb
1. circle, ring, go round, compass, revolve around, encircle, circumscribe, gird, circumnavigate the first satellite to orbit the Earth

orbit

noun
1. A course, process, or journey that ends where it began or repeats itself:
2. A sphere of activity, experience, study, or interest:
Slang: bag.
3. An area within which something or someone exists, acts, or has influence or power:
verb
To move or cause to move in circles or around an axis:
Translations
مَداريَدور حَوْل
oběžná dráha
banekredse omkredsløb
kiertääkiertorata
keringpályaűrpálya
brautganga á braut umhverfis
apskrietiorbita
orbītariņķot pa orbītu
órbitaorbitar
obežná dráha
krožitikrožnica
kružnica
yörüngeyörüngede dönmek

orbit

[ˈɔːbɪt]
A. Nórbita f
to be in/go into orbit (round the earth/moon)estar en/entrar en órbita (alrededor de la tierra/luna)
it's outside my orbit (fig) → está fuera de mi competencia, que da fuera de mi ámbito
B. VI [satellite] → orbitar, girar; [astronaut] → estar en órbita
C. VT [+ earth, moon] → girar alrededor de

orbit

[ˈɔːrbɪt]
norbite f
to go into orbit → entrer en orbite
to put sth into orbit → mettre qch en orbite
They put a satellite into orbit → Ils ont mis un satellite en orbite.
vt [+ sun, star] → orbiter autour deorbital road [ˌɔːrbɪtəlˈrəʊd] npériphérique m
a new orbital road round Paris → un nouveau périphérique autour de Paris

orbit

n
(Astron, Space) (= path)Umlaufbahn f, → Kreisbahn f, → Orbit m; (= single circuit)Umkreisung f, → Umlauf m; to be in orbit ((a)round the earth)in der (Erd)umlaufbahn sein; to go into orbit ((a)round the sun)in die (Sonnen)umlaufbahn eintreten; to put a satellite into orbiteinen Satelliten in die Umlaufbahn schießen
(fig)Kreis m; (= sphere of influence)(Macht)bereich m, → Einflusssphäre f
vtumkreisen
vikreisen

orbit

[ˈɔːbɪt]
1. norbita
to be in/go into orbit (round) → essere/entrare in orbita (attorno a)
it's outside my orbit (fig) → non rientra nel mio campo
2. vi (satellite, astronaut) → orbitare
3. vt (earth, moon) → orbitare attorno a

orbit

(ˈoːbit) 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.
verb
to go round in space. The spacecraft orbits the Earth every 24 hours.

or·bit

n. órbita, cavidad ósea de la cara que contiene los ojos.

orbit

n (anat)órbita
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