orb

noun
\ˈȯrb \

Definition of orb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of the concentric spheres in old astronomy surrounding the earth and carrying the celestial bodies in their revolutions

2 archaic : something circular : circle, orbit

3 : a spherical body especially : a spherical celestial object

4 : eye

5 : a sphere surmounted by a cross symbolizing kingly power and justice

orb

verb
orbed; orbing; orbs

Definition of orb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form into a disk or circle

2 archaic : encircle, surround, enclose

intransitive verb

archaic : to move in an orbit

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Synonyms for orb

Synonyms: Noun

ball, globe, sphere

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Examples of orb in a Sentence

Noun

The moon was a silvery orb. out of the countless celestial orbs twirling in space, the planet Earth remains the only one we can call home, so perhaps we should take care of it

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An orb with sawtooth mouth clenches a snake, whose head disappears into a cut-out heart flecked with blossoms and flies. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 And so perhaps everyone can become pearls like Ferdinand’s father, embedding their souls in an immortal orb. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 But then, 2010 skeleton gold medalist Jon Montgomery said, the orb-like skeleton helmet was born — created from by a German craftsman in his basement. Chico Harlan, chicagotribune.com, "An Olympics skeleton helmet, where Game of Thrones meets Dracula," 16 Feb. 2018 Its crispiness adds texture to the orb’s juiciness. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Females bear striking blue orbs that dangle above their heads like neon fishing rods, bright enough to lure prey up to twice their size into their toothy maws. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 There’s also little colored orbs meant to represent other emotions, just like in the 2015 movie about a little girl who moves to a new city and has to learn to deal with the mixed feelings that result from the big change. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney to Launch "Inside Out" Ride," 23 June 2018 Here you are directed along a concrete path, a ribbon of bright white that takes you on a walk overlooking the sea, around the crest of a mountain and to a structure — a swelling, white orb nestled into the landscape. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 As mist rolls across the floor, and a dim orb peeps through the clouds, a lone figure rises, Eve-like, at the back of the stage. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "REVIEW: Don't dawdle at 'Spring Works' intermission or you'll miss some of the heat ... | Charlotte Observer," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of orb

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for orb

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French orbe, borrowed from Latin orbis "disk, circle, sphere, orbit," perhaps a derivative of an Indo-European verbal base *h3erbh- "turn, be turned over, undergo transfer," whence also Tocharian B yerpe "disk," Hittite harp- "change sides, change allegiance"

Note: See also etymology at orphan entry 1.

Verb

derivative of orb entry 1

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oratory

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orbic

Orbicella

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orb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orb

: something (such as a planet, the sun, or the moon) that is shaped like a ball

: a gold ball with a cross on top that is carried by a king or queen on formal occasions as a symbol of power and justice

orb

noun
\ˈȯrb \

Kids Definition of orb

: something in the shape of a ball (as a planet or the eye)

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