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Definitions of orbit

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. the ( usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another; " he plotted the orbit of the moon"
  4. the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball
  5. the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
  6. move in an orbit, as of celestial bodies; " The moon orbits around the Earth"; " The planets are orbiting the sun"
  7. move in an orbit; " The moon orbits around the Earth"; " The planets are orbiting the sun"; " electrons orbit the nucleus"
  8. 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.
  9. An orb or ball.
  10. The cavity or socket of the skull in which the eye and its appendages are situated.
  11. The skin which surrounds the eye of a bird.
  12. Orbital.
  13. The bony cavity which contains the eye; the circular or nearly circular course of a heavenly body.
  14. The eye- socket, orbita.
  15. Socket receiving eyeball.
  16. The path described by a celestial body in the heavens: the bony cavity for the eyeball: the skin round the eye.
  17. Circular course; path of a heavenly body; cavity of the eye.
  18. The path in space along which a heavenly body moves.
  19. The cavity of the skull containing the eye.
  20. The path described by a heavenly body in its periodical revolution; the bony cavity of the eye.
  21. The path or course described by a celestial body in the heavens; the cavity in the skull containing the eyeball.
  22. The bony cavity in which the eye is situated ; the skin round the eye of a bird ; the hollow in the arthropod cephalothorax in which the eye- stalk rises.
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Usage examples for orbit

  1. It's inside the orbit of Mercury now. – The Leech by Phillips Barbee
  2. " Not at all," he exclaimed, leaning forward to emphasize his words and adding the full orbit of his eye to his sincerity of manner. – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  3. By his calculations, Leverrier came first to suspect the existence of a large planet as yet unperceived; then he came to measure its volume, to trace its orbit and finally to mark its place at a given time. – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  4. A momentary burst from the jets would be sufficient to bring it back to its orbit – The Flying Saucers are Real by Donald Keyhoe
  5. If they could blast out of the orbit and drive into the sun.... – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  6. Marjorie queried, the conversation having swung into her orbit – Neighbours by Robert Stead
  7. All true Science represents a moral and spiritual force, which holds the earth in its orbit – Rudimental Divine Science by Mary Baker Eddy
  8. A good orbit can make you or break you in the spotel business. – The Love of Frank Nineteen by David Carpenter Knight
  9. It took several hours for the Nemesis to get into orbit – Space Viking by Henry Beam Piper
  10. He wanted an orbit around Darth. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  11. When this muscle contracts, it draws the globe back into the orbit away from the light. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  12. Everybody in the Platform will be falling around the Earth in the Platform's orbit – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  13. Mozart's Lady was outward bound for Pluto's orbit – World Beyond Pluto by C. H. Thames
  14. Just as the moon is sovereign and supreme in her minor orbit being guarded and protected there by the sovereign power of the sun, revolving in his mighty orbit – Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity by Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard
  15. And you will be again when Uncle Sidney moves a little farther along in his orbit – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  16. The planet has described its vast orbit ere it be grown and finished. – The Reign of Law A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields by James Lane Allen
  17. The outbreaks in Munich and the south were outside the political orbit in which the Government was moving. – The New Germany by George Young
  18. How long has it been whirling in its unknown orbit and what story has it for us from its distant birthplace? – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  19. He notices a comet, and calculating its orbit finds that it will return in a thousand years- The star will come. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  20. The orbit of his planet, black and stained with blood, announced misfortunes, which it would be difficult to resist. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
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