orb

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

French orbe, from Latin orbis (circle, orb). Compare orbit.

Noun[edit]

orb (plural orbs)

  1. A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star
    In the small orb of one particular tear. --Shakespeare
    Whether the prime orb, Incredible how swift, had thither rolled. -- John Milton
  2. One of the azure transparent spheres conceived by the ancients to be inclosed one within another, and to carry the heavenly bodies in their revolutions
  3. A circle; especially, a circle, or nearly circular orbit, described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an orbit
    The schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign eccentrics, and epicycles, and such engines of orbs. --Bacon
    You seem to me as Dian in her orb. --Shakespeare
    In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb. --John Milton
  4. (rare) A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. --John Milton
  5. (poetic) The eye, as luminous and spherical
    A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --John Milton
  6. (poetic) A revolving circular body; a wheel
    The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. --John Milton
  7. (rare) A sphere of action. --William Wordsworth
    But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --Shakespeare
  8. A globus cruciger
  9. A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography
  10. (military) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defence, especially infantry to repel cavalry.
Translations[edit]

same as mound, a ball or globe
See mound, ball, globe

Verb[edit]

orb (third-person singular simple present orbs, present participle orbing, simple past and past participle orbed)

  1. (poetic) to form into an orb or circle
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lowell to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
  2. (poetic, transitive) to encircle; to surround; to enclose
    • Addison
      The wheels were orbed with gold.
  3. (poetic, intransitive) to become round like an orb

Etymology 2[edit]

Old French orb (blind), from Latin orbus (destitute).

Noun[edit]

orb (plural orbs)

  1. (architecture) A blank window or panel.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Oxf. Gloss to this entry?)

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin orbus

Adjective[edit]

orb m (feminine orba, masculine plural orbs, feminine plural orbes)

  1. blind

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Noun[edit]

orb m (uncountable)

  1. a fungal disease of wheat and other cereals

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finno-Ugric *orpa, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃órbʰos. Cognate with Finnish orpo and Hungarian árva.

Noun[edit]

orb (??? please provide the genitive and partitive!)

  1. orphan

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This noun needs an inflection-table template.


Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin orbus. Compare Italian orbo.

Adjective[edit]

orb 4 nom/acc forms

  1. blind

Declension[edit]

singular plural
Nom/Acc masculine & neuter feminine masculine feminine & neuter
indefinite orb oarbă orbi oarbe
definite orbul oarba orbii oarbele
Gen/Dat no special indefinite forms in genitive & dative cases
definite orbului oarbei orbilor oarbelor

Noun[edit]

orb m (plural orbi)

  1. blind man

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