or·​bit·​er | \ ˈȯr-bə-tər How to pronounce orbiter (audio) \

Definition of orbiter

: one that orbits: such as
a : a spacecraft designed to orbit a celestial body without landing on its surface

Examples of orbiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gas giant obscures its inner workings with opulent swirls and bands of clouds, and the Juno orbiter is tasked with probing past this barrier to search for clues about the planet’s origin and evolution. Katrina Miller, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2021 Juno is not the first orbiter to visit the Jovian system—that title goes to NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, which orbited 35 times from 1995 through 2003. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Instead, the orbiter was called Enterprise, like the TV show's starship. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 The aerobot would separate from the orbiter and drop into the Venusian atmosphere, protected from friction and heat by aeroshells, along with parachutes to slow down the craft’s initial descent and inflate its balloons. Chris Wright, Wired, 4 Aug. 2021 The country also has its sights set on other realms of exploration: its first lunar orbiter, developed in partnership with NASA, is scheduled to launch in August next year. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 As a consequence, estimates of the force of the orbiter’s thruster were off by a factor of 4.5. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Mazarico is also interested in how the atomic clock might enhance the experiments that the VERITAS team plans to conduct once the orbiter reaches Venus. Katrina Miller, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 The Rover's main mission is to find signs of ancient microbial life by collecting information and samples from the red planet surface, and a picture of Percy recently made waves, taken by NASA's Mars reconnaissance orbiter. USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of orbiter

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orbiter

orbit entry 3 + -er entry 2

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28 Nov 2021

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“Orbiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orbiter. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of orbiter

: a vehicle or device that travels around a planet or moon in space


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