- 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 orbiting
Contemporary Examples of orbiting
Small red stars vastly outnumber their larger cousins, and the new exoplanet is orbiting one of those.What Does the Discovery of “Another Earth” Mean for Us?
Matthew R. Francis
April 18, 2014
Just as Egyptian fighter jets are orbiting Cairo in a show of strength, the Iranian air force did the same in early February 1979.How the U.S. Will Lose Egypt
January 31, 2011
THE UFO Australian pilot reports something “just orbiting on top of me” before vanishing.Before 447: Seven Other Plane-Crash Mysteries
The Daily Beast
June 5, 2009
Historical Examples of orbiting
Two ships which had been orbiting the planet also changed course and started out.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
Now, Herc, on the air, you're orbiting the fourth planet of a sun.Subspace Survivors
E. E. Smith
High precision electronic eyes placed on orbiting satellites picked up the firing of the rocket and the launch parameters.The Civilization of Illiteracy
The moon's dark side was explored, due to the unknown hazards involved, during the orbiting process.Moon Glow
G. L. Vandenburg
Dane rode out the orbiting in the Com-tech's seat, listening in for the first warning of danger—that they had been detected.Plague Ship
- 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.