Origin of orb
OTHER WORDS FROM orborbless, adjectiveorblike, adjectiveun·orbed, adjective
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What does orb mean?
An orb is an object shaped like a sphere or globe.
We call most globe-shaped things balls or spheres. Orb is usually reserved for more poetic uses, or to convey a fantastical or sci-fi feel—a UFO might be described as an orb, for example.
Example: The movie shows the aliens traveling in an orb of light.
Where does orb come from?
The first records of the word orb in English come from the early 1500s. It comes from the Latin word orbis, meaning “circle” or “disk.” This word is also the basis of the word orbit—though technically the orbits of most planets are elliptical (oval-shaped).
An orb is any three-dimensional spherical figure (though less commonly it can refer to a plain two-dimensional circle). The word is sometimes used as a more poetic way to refer to what we usually call celestial bodies or heavenly bodies—planets, moons, and stars (since they are all spheres). It can also refer specifically to Earth, and was formerly used to mean “orbit.” More strangely, orb is used as a fanciful word for the eyeball. (But do yourself a favor and don’t refer to your eyes as orbs.) Most commonly, it’s used in place of ball or sphere to be poetic or convey a mysterious or mystical aura, as in She saw a glowing orb rise from the field and knew it was a friendly spirit.
More specifically, orb is the name of a symbol used in royal regalia that’s the form of a ball topped with a cross. It is used to symbolize royal power.
Much less commonly, orb can be used as a verb meaning “to shape into a sphere” or “to move in an orbit.”
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What are some other forms related to orb?
- orbless (adjective)
- orblike (adjective)
- unorbed (adjective)
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How is orb used in real life?
Orb can be used in many different ways to refer to spherical objects, but it is often used poetically as a fancier way of saying ball.
The great sky orb approaches its apex. Sunlight warms the scrolls of the prophets who foretold this day. The coming of Her Tweet is near.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) April 12, 2015
I hate wearing black because every tiny spec shows up like a glowing orb of light.
— Luke Korns (@LukeKorns) January 25, 2015
After the crown, the orb, made in 1661, was the most important piece of regalia. It is a globe of gold surrounded by a cross girdled by a band of diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphire and pearls with a large amethyst at the summit. #Coronation65 pic.twitter.com/yLaQbg9Jca
— The Crown Chronicles (@crownchronicles) June 1, 2018
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Is orb used correctly in the following sentence?
The abstract sculpture is formed from thousands of brightly colored orbs, perhaps intended to symbolize atoms or cells.
How to use orb in a sentence
It has been a terrible year on so many metrics, no matter where on this celestial orb you live.
Scientists have observed the planets and moons in our solar system for centuries, and have flown spacecraft past the orbs for decades.How future spacecraft might handle tricky landings on Venus or Europa|Lisa Grossman|December 23, 2020|Science News
Its shape is more similar to a spinning top than a basketball or other orb, and it’s not very big—about a third of a mile wide at its widest point.NASA’s About to Try Grabbing a Chunk of Asteroid to Bring to Earth—and You Can Watch|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|October 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
When moved next to text, the faint gray orb signifying your mouse cursor transforms into a blinking editing variant, letting you highlight and copy or paste whatever you’re hovering over.Apple's iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard Are a Good Start — But I Can't Wait for the Next Version|Patrick Lucas Austin|May 4, 2020|Time
Materia, orbs of immense power, grant the ability to cast spells.The Final Fantasy VII Remake Shouldn't Exist — But I'm So Glad it Does|Matthew Gault|April 9, 2020|Time
There is something to the challenge posed by that dimpled orb that creates great distraction.
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.
One day, he stumbles across a mysterious orb whose very existence threatens the future of the universe.The Next Han Solo: Chris Pratt on His Star-Making Turn in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’|Marlow Stern|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Quite frankly, the custom made Sealegs craft knocks the spots off the orb he got given by the Pope the other day.
The morning crawled past, the sun mounted until I could see the golden orb near zenith.Valley of the Croen|Lee Tarbell
The moon rose majestically above the distant trees; her full, round, and yellow orb cast a mellow light upon our group.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
The orb of the sun, already near the horizon, seemed enormous and of purple hue.
They prayed devoutly before sunrise; but until the orb had risen they never spoke of worldly matters.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
Such is the complete revolution of our planet round the orb of day.Astronomy for Amateurs|Camille Flammarion