Definition of Orbit

1. Noun. The (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another. "He plotted the orbit of the moon"

Exact synonyms: Celestial Orbit
Terms within: Apoapsis, Point Of Apoapsis, Periapsis, Point Of Periapsis
Specialized synonyms: Geosynchronous Orbit
Generic synonyms: Itinerary, Path, Route
Derivative terms: Orbital

2. Verb. Move in an orbit. "Electrons orbit the nucleus"
Exact synonyms: Orb, Revolve
Specialized synonyms: Retrograde
Generic synonyms: Circle, Circulate
Derivative terms: Orbiter, Revolution

3. Noun. A particular environment or walk of life. "He's out of my orbit"

4. Noun. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:. "In the political orbit of a world power"

5. Noun. The path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom.
Exact synonyms: Electron Orbit
Generic synonyms: Itinerary, Path, Route
Derivative terms: Orbital

6. Noun. The bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball.
Exact synonyms: Cranial Orbit, Eye Socket, Orbital Cavity
Generic synonyms: Bodily Cavity, Cavity, Cavum
Terms within: Lacrimal Bone
Group relationships: Skull
Derivative terms: Orbital

Definition of Orbit

1. n. 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.

Definition of Orbit

1. Noun. A circular or elliptical path of one object around another object. ¹

2. Noun. A sphere of influence; an area of control. ¹

3. Noun. The course of one's usual progression, or the extent of one's typical range. ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) The bony cavity containing the eyeball; the eye socket. ¹

5. Noun. (physics) The path an electron takes around an atom's nucleus ¹

6. Noun. (mathematics) A collection of points related by the evolution function of a dynamical system. ¹

7. Verb. To circle or revolve around another object. ¹

8. Verb. To move around the general vicinity of something. ¹

9. Verb. To place an object into an orbit around a planet ¹

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Definition of Orbit

1. to move or revolve around [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Orbit

1. 1. 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. "Roll the lucid orbit of an eye." (Young) 3. The cavity or socket of the skull in which the eye and its appendages are situated. 4. The skin which surrounds the eye of a bird. Origin: L. Orbita a track or rut made by a wheel, course, circuit, fr. Orbis a circle: cf. F. Orbite. See Orb. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Orbit

orbiculate leaf
orbiculus ciliaris
orbit (current term)
orbit evisceration
orbit period
orbital abscess
orbital artery
orbital axis
orbital branch of middle meningeal artery
orbital branch of pterygopalatine ganglion
orbital cavities
orbital cavity
orbital decompression
orbital diseases
orbital eminence of zygomatic bone

Literary usage of Orbit

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"Plans for using multistage rockets to put artificial satellites into orbit around tbe earth during the International Geophysical Year (July ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1876)
"Tumours of the orbit.—Mr. GKO. LAWSON exhibited to the Clinical Society of London (Nov. 2G. 187.")) two patients, from each of whom he had removed a tumour ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"It enters the orbit through the sphenoidal fissure, and lies above the ophthalmic vein, from which it is separated by a lamina of dura mater. ..."

4. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society by Royal Astronomical Society (1870)
"On the Determination of the orbit of a Planet from Three Observations. ... The orbit-plane, if known, would, by its intersections with the three rays, ..."

5. The Binary Stars by Robert Grant Aitken (1918)
"CHAPTER VI THE orbit OF A SPECTROSCOPIC BINARY STAR The problem of determining the orbit of a binary system from measures of radial velocity, ..."

6. Galileo, the Tour Guide: A Summary of the Mission to Date edited by Jean H. Aichele (1997)
"The insertion orbit was the zeroth orbit. Since the orbit insertion maneuver, Galileo has been in the initial orbit around Jupiter, JO, ..."

7. A Practical treatise on the diseases of the eye by William Mackenzie, Thomas Wharton Jones (1854)
"SECTION I. — INJURIES OF THE orbit. considering injuries of the orbit, ... Contusions on the Edge of the orbit. From blows on the edge of the orbit, ..."

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