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orbit

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noun
  1. the curved path, usually elliptical, described by a planet, satellite, spaceship, etc., around a celestial body, as the sun.
  2. the usual course of one's life or range of one's activities.
  3. the sphere of power or influence, as of a nation or person: a small nation in the Russian orbit.
  4. Physics. (in Bohr theory) the path traced by an electron revolving around the nucleus of an atom.
  5. an orb or sphere.
  6. Anatomy.
    1. the bony cavity of the skull that contains the eye; eye socket.
    2. the eye.
  7. Zoology. the part surrounding the eye of a bird or insect.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to move or travel around in an orbital or elliptical path: The earth orbits the sun once every 365.25 days.
  2. to send into orbit, as a satellite.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to go or travel in an orbit.
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Origin of orbit

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin orbita wheel track, course, circuit
Related formsor·bit·ar·y, adjectivenon·or·bit·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for orbited

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  • "I'm not surprised we orbited, instead of docking," Ellen remarked.

    Industrial Revolution

    Poul William Anderson

  • I had orbited Mars, I had the glory of being the first American to do that.

    Last Resort

    Stephen Bartholomew

  • She had orbited the Earth's natural satellite for a day and a half before making history.

    Moon Glow

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • They stayed well back from the restricted area where the whole Onzarian fleet was orbited.

  • A yellow G-type sun, like a thousand others they had approached and orbited around and left behind them.


British Dictionary definitions for orbited

orbit

noun
  1. astronomy the curved path, usually elliptical, followed by a planet, satellite, comet, etc, in its motion around another celestial body under the influence of gravitation
  2. a range or field of action or influence; spherehe is out of my orbit
  3. anatomy the bony cavity containing the eyeballNontechnical name: eye socket
  4. zoology
    1. the skin surrounding the eye of a bird
    2. the hollow in which lies the eye or eyestalk of an insect or other arthropod
  5. physics the path of an electron in its motion around the nucleus of an atom
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verb
  1. to move around (a body) in a curved path, usually circular or elliptical
  2. (tr) to send (a satellite, spacecraft, etc) into orbit
  3. (intr) to move in or as if in an orbit
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin orbita course, from orbis circle, orb
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Word Origin and History for orbited

orbit

v.

1946, from orbit (n.). Related: Orbited; orbiting.

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orbit

n.

late 14c., "the eye socket," from Old French orbite or directly from Medieval Latin orbita, transferred use of Latin orbita "wheel track, beaten path, rut, course, orbit" (see orb). Astronomical sense first recorded 1690s in English; it was in classical Latin, revived in Gerard of Cremona's translation of Avicenna.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

orbited in Medicine

orbit

(ôrbĭt)
orbited in Science

orbit

[ôrbĭt]
Verb
  1. To move in an orbit around another body.
  2. To put into an orbit, as a satellite is put into orbit around the Earth.
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orbited in Culture

orbit

In astronomy, the path followed by an object revolving around another object, under the influence of gravitation (see satellite). In physics, the path followed by an electron within an atom. The planets follow elliptical orbits around the sun (see ellipse).

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Note

Informally, something is “in orbit” when its actions are controlled by an external agency or force: “The countries of eastern Europe were once in the orbit of the Soviet Union.”
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Idioms and Phrases with orbited

orbit

see in orbit.

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