[ UK /ˈɔːbɪt/ ]
[ US /ˈɔɹbət/ ]
NOUN
  1. the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball
  2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
    the ambit of municipal legislation
    a piano has a greater range than the human voice
    outside the reach of the law
    within the compass of this article
    in the political orbit of a world power
    the range of a supersonic jet
    within the scope of an investigation
  3. the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
  4. the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another
    he plotted the orbit of the moon
  5. a particular environment or walk of life
    it was a closed area of employment
    his social sphere is limited
    he's out of my orbit
VERB
  1. move in an orbit
    electrons orbit the nucleus
    The planets are orbiting the sun
    The moon orbits around the Earth
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How To Use orbit In A Sentence

  • The orbit of the earth (or the circle which the sun seems to describe round the earth), is called the ecliptic, which is divided into twelve equal parts, called signs, and are distinguished by the following names and marks, [again, the symbols for the signs can be seen in the A Museum for Young Gentlemen and Ladies Or, a Private Tutor for Little Masters and Misses
  • These new forces have synchronized with the conscious policy of a certain sector of Canadian opinion which has persistently sought to detach us from that quarter of the world's orbit and the world's people comprised in the British federacy. Whither Canada
  • An orbiting satellite picked up a distress signal from the ship's emergency beacon, standard equipment on all modern boats.
  • We want to defer the exorbitant, latter-day costs of all that energy binging, masquerading as democracy "preachifying"? Alec Baldwin: It's Time To Suck It Up And Pay Our Bill
  • I wrote it early in 1945 and it was published in Wireless World in October, just after the war had ended, and it laid down the principles which now determine the world's communication system, the idea that you'd have satellites poised at such a height above the earth that they remained stationery in the sky and so-called synchronous, or geostationary, orbit. Great voices of science fiction
  • We have one great thing in common with Mars - both planets orbit the same star.
  • He comments that a patient might talk of a "shiner" whereas a doctor (holy of holies) would speak of a "periorbital ecchymosis," which is true only if you could imagine a doctor referring to cephalalgia instead of a headache or odontalgia instead of a toothache. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 1
  • The Kuiper belt is an icy disk of debris orbiting the sun, beyond Neptune, and is the original home of many comets.
  • Elroy is surprised to learn that the gardens are not fables but space stations that orbit the Earth and are run by a much-feared Lord, who seeks out Wiggles for taking the forbidden fruit - an apple, natch. 4/06 UPDATE: My New Year's Resolution
  • ** Ariftotle, "fays Lord Bacon, * 'thought, like the Ottoman princes, cfaat fee cottid not reign fecure, unleis he. deilroyed all his brethren; *' nor was his Hterary ambition more exclufive than exorbitant* The Monthly Review
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