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or·bi·tal

 (ôr′bĭ-tl)
adj.
Of or relating to an orbit.
n.
The wave function of an electron in an atom or molecule, indicating the electron's probable location.

orbital

(ˈɔːbɪtəl)
adj
1. of or denoting an orbit
2. (of a motorway or major road circuit) circling a large city
n
3. (Atomic Physics) a region surrounding an atomic nucleus in which the probability distribution of the electrons is given by a wave function
4. (Atomic Physics) an orbital road
ˈorbitally adv

or•bit•al

(ˈɔr bɪ tl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to an orbit.
n.
2.
a. a wave function describing the state of a single electron in an atom or in a molecule.
b. the electron in that state.
[1535–45; < New Latin, Medieval Latin orbitālis; see orbit, -al1]

or·bi·tal

(ôr′bĭ-tl)
The region within the shell of an atom in which an electron is most likely to be found. One or more orbitals make up each electron shell.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.orbital - of or relating to an orbit; "orbital revolution"; "orbital velocity"
2.orbital - of or relating to the eye socket; "orbital scale"; "orbital arch"
Translations

orbital

[ˈɔːbɪtl] ADJ
1. (Space) → orbital
orbital space stationestación f orbital
2. (Brit) (Aut) orbital motorway/roadautopista f/carrera f de circunvalación

orbital

adjorbital; flightim Orbit; orbital motionKreisbewegung f
n (also orbital motorway)Ringautobahn f

orbital

[ˈɔːbɪtəl] n (also orbital motorway) → raccordo anulare

or·bi·tal

a. orbital. rel. a la órbita;
___ fracturesfracturas ___ -es.

orbital

adj orbitario
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