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From Latin orbita (“course, track”).
orbit (plural orbits)
- A circular or elliptical path of one object around another object.
- The Moon's orbit around the Earth takes nearly one month to complete.
- A sphere of influence; an area of control.
- In the post WWII era, several eastern European countries came into the orbit of the Soviet Union.
- The course of one's usual progression, or the extent of one's typical range.
- The convenience store was a heavily travelled point in her daily orbit, as she purchased both cigarettes and lottery tickets there.
- (anatomy) The bony cavity containing the eyeball; the eye socket.
- (physics) The path an electron takes around an atom's nucleus.
- (mathematics) A collection of points related by the evolution function of a dynamical system.
path of one object around another
course of usual progression
eye socket — see eye socket
- To circle or revolve around another object.
- The Earth orbits the Sun.
- To move around the general vicinity of something.
- The harried mother had a cloud of children orbiting her, asking for sweets.
- To place an object into an orbit around a planet.
- A rocket was used to orbit the satellite.
- (move around the general vicinity of): circumambulate, tag along
- (place an object into an orbit): launch
circle another object
move around the general vicinity of
place an object into an orbit