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suborbital

[ suhb-awr-bi-tl ]
/ sʌbˈɔr bɪ tl /
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adjective
(of a spacecraft) not in orbit; not achieving an altitude and velocity resulting in a ballistic trajectory circling the earth at least once.
Anatomy. situated below the orbit of the eye.
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Origin of suborbital

First recorded in 1815–25; sub- + orbital
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British Dictionary definitions for suborbital

suborbital
/ (sʌbˈɔːbɪtəl) /

adjective
(of a rocket, missile, etc) having a flight path that is less than one complete orbit of the earth or other celestial body
anatomy situated beneath the orbit of the eye
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