[ suhb-awr-bi-tl ]
/ sʌbˈɔr bɪ tl /


(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.

Origin of suborbital

First recorded in 1815–25; sub- + orbital Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suborbital


/ (sʌbˈɔːbɪtəl) /


(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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Medicine definitions for suborbital


[ sŭb-ôrbĭ-tl ]


Situated on or below the floor of the orbit of the eye.


A suborbital part, such as a bone, nerve, or cartilage.
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