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Originally the trademarked name of a particular brand of sphere; perhaps from orb.


  • IPA(key): /zɔː(ɹ)b/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)b


zorb (plural zorbs)

  1. (sports) A large, transparent, inflatable ball, inside which a person may be secured and then rolled downhill
    • 2006, March 25, quoting Anurag Mehra, “Susmita Saha”, in A different ballgame[1]:
      Uneven plains that are interspersed with pebbles and rocks are likely to cause punctures in the zorbs.
    • 2007, William Gray, “Wellington”, in Travel with Kids[2], →ISBN, page 309:
      There's even a kids' zorb for the under six.
    • 2008, Katrin Blumberg, “Internationalisation in adventure tourism”, in Coles & Hall, editors, International Business and Tourism[3], →ISBN, page 175:
      An Interlaken entrepreneur [] came across the activity in the Swiss canton of Valais (the Rhone Valley) and ended up buying the 'zorbs' from a German manufacturer.



zorb (third-person singular simple present zorbs, present participle zorbing, simple past and past participle zorbed)

  1. (sports) To roll downhill or engage in sports in a zorb ball.
    • 2003, Damien Simonis et al., Switzerland[4], Lonely Planet, →ISBN, page 57:
      People who've zorbed in New Zealand, say Swiss mountains are too steep to allow the leisurely roll-out that's the real thrill.
    • 2006, John Gisby, New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer[5], →ISBN, page 41:
      We hadn't even zorbed. Not all bad news then.
    • 2008, March 3, “David Bauder”, in What a way to start the day: TV morning hosts doing stunts[6]:
      Vieira zorbed — that is, rolled down a hill within an inflatable ball.

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