Origin of orbit
Middle English, from Medieval Latin orbita, from Latin, rut, track, probably from orbis
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of orbit
1 a : a path described by one body in its revolution about another (as by the earth about the sun or by an electron about an atomic nucleus); also : one complete revolution of a body describing such a path b : a circular path
2 : a range or sphere of activity or influence <within the president's orbit>
Origin of orbit
Latin orbita path, rut, orbit
First Known Use: 1696
Synonym Discussion of orbit
Simple Definition of orbit
: to travel around (something, such as a planet or moon) in a curved path : to make an orbit around (something)
Full Definition of orbit
1 : to revolve in an orbit around : circle
2 : to send up and make revolve in an orbit <orbit a satellite>
: to travel in circles
Examples of orbit in a sentence
The Moon orbits the Earth.
The satellites orbit at different heights.
The Moon orbits around the Earth.
First Known Use of orbit
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Definition of orbit for Students
: the path taken by one body circling around another body <The earth makes an orbit around the sun.>
Medical Definition of orbit
: the bony cavity perforated for the passage of nerves and blood vessels that occupies the lateral front of the skull immediately beneath the frontal bone on each side and encloses and protects the eye and its appendages—called also eye socket, orbital cavity
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