[ awrb ]
/ ɔrb /


verb (used with object)

to form into a circle or sphere.
Archaic. to encircle; enclose.

verb (used without object)

to move in an orbit.
to form into an orb or globe; round out.

Origin of orb

First recorded in 1520–30, orb is from the Latin word orbis circle, disk, orb
Related formsorb·less, adjectiveorb·like, adjectiveun·orbed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orb


/ (ɔːb) /



to make or become circular or spherical
(tr) an archaic word for encircle

Word Origin for orb

C16: from Latin orbis circle, disc
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