orbital

noun or·bit·al \ ˈȯr-bə-tᵊl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of orbital

:a mathematically described region around a nucleus in an atom or molecule that may contain zero, one, or two electrons

Origin and Etymology of orbital

derivative of orbital


ORBITAL Defined for English Language Learners

orbital

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Definition of orbital for English Language Learners

  • : a highway that goes around a city


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orbital

noun or·bit·al \ ˈȯr-bət-ᵊl \

medical Definition of orbital

:a subdivision of a nuclear shell containing zero, one, or two electrons


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