orb

noun
\ ˈȯrb How to pronounce orb (audio) \

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

The trippy black and white picture shows a bald Michals, head like a gray orb, perched on a couch and holding a polaroid of half of his face in front of half of his face. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Where Is Neil Malcolm Roberts?," 29 June 2019 The two white orbs were seen floating over the airport, prompting people to speculate about aliens on social media, according to KMBC. Fox News, "Strange orbs over Kansas City have locals contemplating aliens," 21 June 2019 That head: with a modicum of lines, Schulz produced an untouched, capacious orb on which a world of expression could play. Nicole Rudick, The New Yorker, "How “Peanuts” Created a Space for Thinking," 6 Aug. 2019 Arranged into a seemingly pulsing orb, masses of epiphyte seeds conjure an entire universe. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Archiving Eden’ exhibition sprouts interest with macro photos," 5 July 2019 The stage set-up was rather simple — a circular runway; a four-piece band performing in the shadows; a back wall and two orbs that served as video screens for CG neighborhoods, solar systems and the like. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ariana Grande performs at the peak of her powers at packed Fiserv Forum show in Milwaukee," 7 Dec. 2018 The orb of meat sits atop crispy sticks made from ajwain, or carom seeds, an earthy, thyme-reminiscent seed commonly used in Indian cooking. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 Much of the game revolves around finding glowing orbs to uncover Kay’s memories. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Sea of Solitude is a haunting game that turns personal demons into literal monsters," 5 July 2019 In the movie, the characters of joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust collect and protect Riley’s precious memories, which are stored in colorful glowing orbs. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Disney’s Pixar Pier marks first anniversary with opening of final attraction," 28 June 2019

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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

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oratory

oratrix

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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

literary : 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 How to pronounce orb (audio) \

Kids Definition of orb

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

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