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orb

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noun \ˈȯrb\

Definition of orb

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

  2. 2 archaic :  something circular :  circle, orbit

  3. 3 :  a spherical body; especially :  a spherical celestial object

  4. 4 :  eye

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

Examples of orb in a Sentence

  1. The moon was a silvery orb.

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of orb

Middle English, from Middle French orbe, from Latin orbis circle, disk, orb


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orb

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Definition of orb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form into a disk or circle

  3. 2 archaic :  encircle, surround, enclose

  4. intransitive verb
  5. archaic :  to move in an orbit

First Known Use of orb

1600


ORB Defined for English Language Learners

orb

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Definition of orb for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

orb

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noun \ˈȯrb\

Definition of orb for Students

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



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