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orb

 (ôrb)
n.
1. A sphere or spherical object.
2.
a. A celestial body, such as the sun or moon.
b. Archaic The earth.
3. One of a series of concentric transparent spheres thought by ancient and medieval astronomers to rotate about the earth and carry the celestial bodies.
4. A globe surmounted by a cross, used as a symbol of monarchial power and justice.
5. An eye or eyeball.
6. Archaic Something of circular form; a circle or orbit.
v. orbed, orb·ing, orbs
v.tr.
1. To shape into a circle or sphere.
2. Archaic To encircle; enclose.
v.intr. Archaic
To move in an orbit.

[Middle English orbe, orbit, from Old French, from Latin orbis, circle, disk, orbit; see orbh- in Indo-European roots.]

orb

(ɔːb)
n
1. (Heraldry) (in royal regalia) an ornamental sphere surmounted by a cross, representing the power of a sovereign
2. a sphere; globe
3. poetic another word for eye1
4. (Astronomy) obsolete or poetic
a. a celestial body, esp the earth or sun
b. the orbit of a celestial body
5. an archaic word for circle
vb
6. to make or become circular or spherical
7. (tr) an archaic word for encircle
[C16: from Latin orbis circle, disc]

orb

(ɔrb)

n.
1. a sphere or globe.
2. the eyeball or eye.
3. any of the heavenly bodies.
4. a sphere bearing a cross as emblem of sovereignty and justice.
5. any of the hollow concentric spheres that in pre-Copernican astronomy were thought to surround the earth and carry the planets and stars.
6. Archaic.
a. a circle or something circular.
b. the earth.
v.t.
7. to form into a circle or sphere.
8. Archaic. to encircle; enclose.
v.i.
9. to move in an orbit.
[1520–30; < Latin orbis circle, disk, orb]
orb′less, adj.

Orb

 a collective whole; a circle of things or people. See also ball, globe, sphere.
Examples: orb of order and form, 1603; of soldiers; of witnesses, 1866.

orb


Past participle: orbed
Gerund: orbing

Imperative
orb
orb
Present
I orb
you orb
he/she/it orbs
we orb
you orb
they orb
Preterite
I orbed
you orbed
he/she/it orbed
we orbed
you orbed
they orbed
Present Continuous
I am orbing
you are orbing
he/she/it is orbing
we are orbing
you are orbing
they are orbing
Present Perfect
I have orbed
you have orbed
he/she/it has orbed
we have orbed
you have orbed
they have orbed
Past Continuous
I was orbing
you were orbing
he/she/it was orbing
we were orbing
you were orbing
they were orbing
Past Perfect
I had orbed
you had orbed
he/she/it had orbed
we had orbed
you had orbed
they had orbed
Future
I will orb
you will orb
he/she/it will orb
we will orb
you will orb
they will orb
Future Perfect
I will have orbed
you will have orbed
he/she/it will have orbed
we will have orbed
you will have orbed
they will have orbed
Future Continuous
I will be orbing
you will be orbing
he/she/it will be orbing
we will be orbing
you will be orbing
they will be orbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been orbing
you have been orbing
he/she/it has been orbing
we have been orbing
you have been orbing
they have been orbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been orbing
you will have been orbing
he/she/it will have been orbing
we will have been orbing
you will have been orbing
they will have been orbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been orbing
you had been orbing
he/she/it had been orbing
we had been orbing
you had been orbing
they had been orbing
Conditional
I would orb
you would orb
he/she/it would orb
we would orb
you would orb
they would orb
Past Conditional
I would have orbed
you would have orbed
he/she/it would have orbed
we would have orbed
you would have orbed
they would have orbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orb - the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eyeorb - the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye
eye, oculus, optic - the organ of sight
capsule - a structure that encloses a body part
2.orb - an object with a spherical shapeorb - an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire"
crystal ball - a glass or crystal globe used in crystal gazing by fortunetellers
camphor ball, mothball - a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
time-ball - a ball that slides down a staff to show a fixed time; especially at an observatory
fireball - the luminous center of a nuclear explosion
fireball - a ball of fire (such as the sun or a ball-shaped discharge of lightning)
globule - a small globe or ball
sphere - a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)
spherule - a small sphere
pellet - a small sphere
bolus - a small round soft mass (as of chewed food)
Verb1.orb - 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

orb

noun sphere, ball, circle, globe, round The moon's orb shone high in the sky.

orb

noun
1. An organ of vision:
2. Archaic. A closed plane curve everywhere equidistant from a fixed point or something shaped like this:
Translations
pallo
球体
천체

orb

[ɔːb] N (= sphere) → esfera f, globo m; (in regalia) → orbe m

orb

[ˈɔːrb] norbe m

orb

n
(poet)Ball m; (= star)Gestirn nt (geh); (= eye)Auge nt
(of sovereignty)Reichsapfel m

orb

[ɔːb] n
1. (frm) (sphere) → orbe m (liter) (celestial body) → astro
2. (in regalia) → globo (simbolo del potere reale e imperiale)
References in classic literature ?
His arms hung helpless at his sides; of his eyes only he retained control, and these he dared not remove from the lusterless orbs of the apparition, which he knew was not a soul without a body, but that most dreadful of all existences infesting that haunted wood--a body without a soul
First, from two lovely blue eyes, whose bright orbs flashed lightning at their discharge, flew forth two pointed ogles; but, happily for our heroe, hit only a vast piece of beef which he was then conveying into his plate, and harmless spent their force.
It was gravely said by some of the prelates in the Council of Trent, where the doctrine of the Schoolmen bare great sway, that the Schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign eccentrics and epicycles, and such engines of orbs, to save the phenomena; though they knew there were no such things; and in like manner, that the Schoolmen had framed a number of subtle and intricate axioms, and theorems, to save the practice of the church.
Yes, eclipses of the sun," replied Barbicane, "when the centers of the three orbs are on a line, the earth being in the middle.
Meantime while his whole attention was absorbed, the Parsee was kneeling beneath him on the ship's deck, and with face thrown up like Ahab's, was eyeing the same sun with him; only the lids of his eyes half hooded their orbs, and his wild face was subdued to an earthly passionlessness.
Noon arrived without the orb of day showing itself for an instant.
The Yankees all turned their gaze toward her resplendent orb, kissed their hands, called her by all kinds of endearing names.
Now could the sun be brought in contact with this orbit, and had the latter solidity to mark its circumference, it would be found that this circumference would include but a little more than half the surface of one side of the sun, the diameter of which orb is calculated to be 882,000 miles
During a period of general business prosperity he set up The Orb Bank and The Sceptre Trust, simply, it seems for advertising purposes.
Yon orb That pales upon the flood of broad Kiang, When did she first through twilight mists unveil Her wonders to the world?
Thus was the first Day Eev'n and Morn: Nor past uncelebrated, nor unsung By the Celestial Quires, when Orient Light Exhaling first from Darkness they beheld; Birth-day of Heav'n and Earth; with joy and shout The hollow Universal Orb they fill'd, And touch't thir Golden Harps, & hymning prais'd God and his works, Creatour him they sung, Both when first Eevning was, and when first Morn.
Then he remembered that it was about the time of the new moon, and if that tricksy orb was in one of its stages of visibility it had set long before.