Classical Mythology. a giant hunter who pursued the Pleiades, was eventually slain by Artemis, and was then placed in the sky as a constellation.
Astronomy. the Hunter, a constellation lying on the celestial equator between Canis Major and Taurus, containing the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.
Military. a land-based U.S. Navy patrol plane with four turboprop engines, used to detect, track, and destroy enemy submarines and armed with missiles, torpedoes, mines, and depth bombs.
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How to use Orion in a sentence
The breach was part of a wide-ranging hack that compromised the distribution system for the widely used Orion network-management software from SolarWinds and pushed out malicious updates to Microsoft and roughly 18,000 other customers.Microsoft says SolarWinds hackers stole source code for 3 products | Dan Goodin | February 19, 2021 | Ars Technica
At the top of Bridenstine's mind was remaining on track for a June 2020 launch of an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to the Moon.So long Senator Shelby: Key architect of SLS rocket won’t seek reelection | Eric Berger | February 9, 2021 | Ars Technica
It didn’t take long for him to find three vulnerabilities, two in Orion and a third in a product known as the Serv-U FTP for Windows.SolarWinds patches vulnerabilities that could allow full system control | Dan Goodin | February 4, 2021 | Ars Technica
Close to the Seven Sisters in the sky is the constellation of Orion, which is often called “the saucepan” in Australia.The World’s Oldest Story? Astronomers Say Global Myths About ‘Seven Sisters’ Stars May Reach Back 100,000 Years | Ray Norris | January 10, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The development of SLS has been plagued by countless delays, and there is no guarantee Orion or SLS will be ready by November.The 11 biggest space missions of 2021 (and their chances of success) | Neel Patel | January 4, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Orion represents the first step towards human exploration of other planets, like Mars.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lewis waves at Tony Orion, a nominee up for Best Bear/Cub whose biceps have stretched his black mesh jersey to a shine.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars | Scott Bixby | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Along with Lewis, Orion is one of the few minority escorts to be seen.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars | Scott Bixby | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Orion had asked him to write and produce a comedy about a country club.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon | Robert Sam Anson | March 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And yet there are millions of stars whose distances are even greater than the distance of the Great Nebula in Orion.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
The River, formed of stars, flows from a source at the left foot of Orion.Ten Books on Architecture | Vitruvius
The road got steadily worse, but Orion was clear in view ahead of me, dropping down behind Uttoxeter, and I pushed on.The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough
One day they saw Orion, a great hunter, coming toward them with his dog and his big club.'Round the Year in Myth and Song | Florence Holbrook
They named him Orion—after the constellation, perhaps—though they changed the accent to the first syllable, calling it Orion.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for Orion (1 of 2)
Greek myth a Boeotian giant famed as a great hunter, who figures in several tales
British Dictionary definitions for Orion (2 of 2)
a conspicuous constellation near Canis Major containing two first magnitude stars (Betelgeuse and Rigel) and a distant bright emission nebula (the Orion Nebula) associated with a system of giant molecular clouds and star formation
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Scientific definitions for Orion
A constellation in the equatorial region of the celestial sphere, near Taurus and Gemini. Orion (the Hunter) contains the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.
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