- the bony cavity of the skull that contains the eye; eye socket.
- the eye.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of orbit
Related Words for orbittrajectory, rotation, pattern, path, apogee, track, curve, course, circle, locus, lap, round, cycle, perigee, ellipse, purview, jurisdiction, sweep, radius, ambit
Examples from the Web for orbit
Contemporary Examples of orbit
Each CAP, also known as an “orbit,” consists on four aircraft.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
Orion will orbit Earth twice before splashing down off the California coast.To Infinity and Beyond! NASA’s Orion Mission Blasts Off
Matthew R. Francis
December 4, 2014
You are, for example, still subject to earthly gravity, and not in orbit.Sky Wars: Richard Branson’s Rival in the Great Space Race
October 7, 2014
Seasons on Earth and Titan are both due to the tilt of their axis—the way the North Pole faces—relative to their orbit.A Cloud Forms Over Saturn’s Mysterious Moon
Matthew R. Francis
August 17, 2014
He said he considered himself honored to have worked in the orbit of the late Nelson Mandela and considered him a mentor.African Arms-Maker to Obama: Give War a Chance!
August 5, 2014
Historical Examples of orbit
The balance now describes an orbit around the center of revolution.The Auburndale Watch Company
Edwin A. Battison
What if the orbit of Darwinism should be a little too circular?The Origin of Species
Thomas H. Huxley
His could only be the impressions of an eyewitness in an orbit limited to his Brigade.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
Is this too sudden a rushing from the centre to the verge of our orbit?Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those ships have been put out in orbit, where we're hooked on to one of them.Pariah Planet
- the skin surrounding the eye of a bird
- the hollow in which lies the eye or eyestalk of an insect or other arthropod
Word Origin for orbit
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.
1946, from orbit (n.). Related: Orbited; orbiting.
see in orbit.