- (of a spacecraft) not in orbit; not achieving an altitude and velocity resulting in a ballistic trajectory circling the earth at least once.
- Anatomy. situated below the orbit of the eye.
Origin of suborbital
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The so-called tear-sacks or suborbital pits come under this head.The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex
There is no crumen or suborbital gland, which is so generally (though by no means universally) present in Cervidae.
It has no suborbital glands or lachrymal fossae, which are as a rule present in the Sheep and absent from the Goats.
Orbits marginal, bounded inferiorly not by the suborbital element.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
In females the dorsum is dull olive-brown; the anterior part of the head is tan, and the suborbital spot is yellowish tan.
- (of a rocket, missile, etc) having a flight path that is less than one complete orbit of the earth or other celestial body
- anatomy situated beneath the orbit of the eye
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- Situated on or below the floor of the orbit of the eye.
- A suborbital part, such as a bone, nerve, or cartilage.
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