- 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
Examples from the Web for orbitary
Historical Examples of orbitary
Gall places it above the orbitary cavity of the eye, and even behind it.Curiosities of Medical Experience
J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
- 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
1946, from orbit (n.). Related: Orbited; orbiting.
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.
see in orbit.