- a sphere or globe: a Christmas tree hung with brightly colored orbs.
- the eyeball or eye: He looks with blind orbs on an indifferent world.
- any of the heavenly bodies, as the sun or moon: He lay on the grass, warmed by that orb of day, the sun.
- a globe bearing a cross; the mound or emblem of sovereignty, especially as part of the regalia of England.
- Astrology. the number of degrees from exactness within which an aspect operates.
- a circle or something circular.
- Astronomy. (formerly) the orbit of a heavenly body.
- the earth.
- to form into a circle or sphere.
- Archaic. to encircle; enclose.
- to move in an orbit.
- to form into an orb or globe; round out.
Origin of orb
Examples from the Web for orb
Contemporary Examples of orb
Unbeknownst to him, the orb contains an Infinity Stone, which holds within it the power to destroy entire planets.
Guardians centers on Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), an intergalactic smuggler who swipes an orb.
Quite frankly, the custom made Sealegs craft knocks the spots off the orb he got given by the Pope the other day.George's Awesome Gift
April 11, 2014
Imagine an orb of ice in the sky, drifting toward a white kingdom.This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 7, 2012
February 8, 2012
Historical Examples of orb
The ray which appears in the dazzled eye should not be represented.with the orb.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Looking into the orb of light, he sees nothing, but he is warmed and elevated.The Republic
The deepening of the cloud is essentially necessary to the redness of the orb.The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century
Yet, between the orb of the moon and my box, there was some obstruction.The Five Jars
Montague Rhodes James
One-Eye aimed his one orb at Big Tom as if it were a bullet.The Rich Little Poor Boy
- to make or become circular or spherical
- (tr) an archaic word for encircle
Word Origin for orb
mid-15c., "sphere, globe, something spherical or circular," from Old French orbe "orb, globe" (13c.) and directly from Latin orbem (nominative orbis) "circle, disk, ring, hoop, orbit," probably related to orbita "wheel track, rut," of unknown origin. Watkins suggests a connection with the root of orchid.
A three-dimensional extension of a word originally describing two-dimensional shapes. Astronomical sense is in reference to the hollow spheres that carried the planets and stars in the Ptolemaic system. As a verb from c.1600. Orb weaver spider is first recorded 1889.