- the bony cavity of the skull that contains the eye; eye socket.
- the eye.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- orbital angular momentum,
- orbital cavity,
- orbital gyrus
Origin of orbit
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
Just as Egyptian fighter jets are orbiting Cairo in a show of strength, the Iranian air force did the same in early February 1979.
THE UFO Australian pilot reports something “just orbiting on top of me” before vanishing.
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|Andre Norton
High precision electronic eyes placed on orbiting satellites picked up the firing of the rocket and the launch parameters.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
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
He might have time to collect all the orbiting cargo before he got dangerously close to spillthrough.Spillthrough|Daniel F. Galouye
- 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.
In astronomy, the path followed by an object revolving around another object, under the influence of gravitation (see satellite). In physics, the path followed by an electron within an atom. The planets follow elliptical orbits around the sun (see ellipse).
see in orbit.