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

Fenty Beauty is partaking in the festivities, with its Two Lil Mattemoiselles set and Mini Fairy Bomb glitter puff packaged in chic transparent orbs. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Sephora is Selling Beauty Product Holiday Ornaments," 2 Dec. 2018 An array of orbs in complementary colors hangs from the dining room light. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 The depths of space blacken the other half of the orb. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 Artist Akira Fujimoto and architect Yuko Nagayama created a large orb that filled the entryway of an office building in central Tokyo. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 Witch tip: Meditate while visualize a sparkling white orb around you to act as a protective shield. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 The thieves snatched two gold crowns and an orb made for King Karl IX and Queen Kristina in the daring robbery. Fox News, "Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat," 1 Aug. 2018 On Vo's model for her masterclass, the Lumilayer Primer Original made her cheekbones look like there were little orbs of light inside of each of them. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Exclusive: Korean Makeup Brand VDL Is Launching in the U.S. With 3 Glass Skin–Inspired Primers," 31 July 2018 The moon will be a dark supermoon, which occurs when a shadowy new lunar orb is exceptionally close to the Earth, adding to the eeriness of the event. Eileen Reslen, Popular Mechanics, "A Supermoon Partial Eclipse Is Happening Just in Time for Friday the 13th," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pearlescent orbs warm up your face in a way that's more natural thanks to varying shades and a little shimmer. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, "These Are the Exact Products You Need for the Glowiest Skin of Your Life," 30 June 2016

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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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Dictionary Entries near orb

oratorio

oratory

oratrix

orb

orbic

Orbicella

orbicular

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The first known use of orb was in the 15th century

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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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