sub·​or·​bit·​al ˌsəb-ˈȯr-bə-tᵊl How to pronounce suborbital (audio)
: situated beneath the eye or the orbit of the eye
: being or involving less than one orbit (as of the earth or moon)
also : intended for suborbital flight

Examples of suborbital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company is developing two new Delta-class spaceplanes which, if all goes according to plan, should be doing hundreds of suborbital flights, as opposed to a half-dozen, in two years. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 15 May 2024 Since 2022, Virgin Galactic has been the only company offering commercial seats on suborbital spaceflights. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 Rosano hopes so For Rosano, who has spent years recording human suborbital flights for his Suborbital Flight Journal website, being a small part of this new era has been an honor. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 Unlike suborbital flights, future orbital flights with a spacewalk will require extensive training, given that spacewalks are inherently more dangerous than simply riding in a vessel. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 14 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for suborbital 

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Word History

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of suborbital was in 1803

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“Suborbital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


sub·​or·​bit·​al ˌsəb-ˈȯr-bət-ᵊl How to pronounce suborbital (audio)
: situated or occurring beneath the eye or the orbit of the eye
suborbital fat
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