Definitions for: Orbit


[n] an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "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"
[n] the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball
[n] the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another; "he plotted the orbit of the moon"
[n] the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
[n] 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"
[v] move in an orbit, as of celestial bodies; "The moon orbits around the Earth"; "The planets are orbiting the sun"



Webster (1913) Definition: Or"bit, n. [L. orbita a track or rut made by a wheel,
course, circuit, fr. orbis a circle: cf. F. orbite. See 2d
Orb.]
1. (Astron.) The path described by a heavenly body in its
periodical revolution around another body; as, the orbit
of Jupiter, of the earth, of the moon.

2. An orb or ball. [Rare & Improper]

Roll the lucid orbit of an eye. --Young.

3. (Anat.) The cavity or socket of the skull in which the eye
and its appendages are situated.

4. (Zo["o]l.) The skin which surrounds the eye of a bird.

Synonyms: ambit, area, arena, celestial orbit, compass, cranial orbit, domain, electron orbit, eye socket, field, orbital cavity, range, reach, revolve, scope, sphere

See Also: apoapsis, approximate range, ballpark, bodily cavity, cavity, cavum, circle, circulate, confines, contrast, distaff, environment, expanse, extent, front, gamut, geosynchronous orbit, horizon, internationalism, internationality, itinerary, kingdom, lacrimal bone, land, lap, latitude, palette, pallet, path, periapsis, point of apoapsis, point of periapsis, political arena, political sphere, preserve, province, purview, realm, responsibility, retrograde, route, skull, spectrum, sweep, view

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