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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 ?
There was a sense within her -- too ill-defined to be made a thought, but weighing heavily on her mind -- that her whole orb of life, both before and after, was connected with this spot, as with the one point that gave it unity.
He stood at Miss Temple's side; he was speaking low in her ear: I did not doubt he was making disclosures of my villainy; and I watched her eye with painful anxiety, expecting every moment to see its dark orb turn on me a glance of repugnance and contempt.
He scarce had ceas't when the superiour Fiend Was moving toward the shore; his ponderous shield Ethereal temper, massy, large and round, Behind him cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb Through Optic Glass the TUSCAN Artist views At Ev'ning from the top of FESOLE, Or in VALDARNO, to descry new Lands, Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
Blest souls, that, from this mortal husk set free, In guerdon of brave deeds beatified, Above this lowly orb of ours abide Made heirs of heaven and immortality, With noble rage and ardour glowing ye Your strength, while strength was yours, in battle plied, And with your own blood and the foeman's dyed The sandy soil and the encircling sea.
While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened--there came a fierce breath of the whirlwind--the entire orb of the satellite burst at once upon my sight--my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder--there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters--and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the "House of Usher".
By degrees the fog disappeared under the action of the sun's rays, the radiant orb rose from behind the eastern horizon.
Yon orb That pales upon the flood of broad Kiang, When did she first through twilight mists unveil Her wonders to the world?
He was conscious how inadequate one man was to bear the weight of that Titan and too vast orb.
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
The sun's glorious orb now sank into Oceanus and drew down night over the land.
The moon had risen, and its orb was shedding a flood of light over the dark outline of pines which crowned the eastern mountain.
It was full of contradictory suggestions, and though it was by no means the glowing orb of a hero of romance, you could find in it almost anything you looked for.