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ORBIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does orbit mean? 

ORBIT (noun)
  The noun ORBIT has 5 senses:

1. the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another
2. a particular environment or walk of life
3. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
4. the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
5. the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball

  Familiarity information: ORBIT used as a noun is common.


ORBIT (verb)
  The verb ORBIT has 1 sense:

1. move in an orbit

  Familiarity information: ORBIT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ORBIT (noun)


Sense 1orbit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

orbit; celestial orbit

Context example:

he plotted the orbit of the moon

Hypernyms ("orbit" is a kind of...):

itinerary; path; route (an established line of travel or access)

Meronyms (parts of "orbit"):

apoapsis; point of apoapsis ((astronomy) the point in an orbit farthest from the body being orbited)

periapsis; point of periapsis ((astronomy) the point in as orbit closest to the body being orbited)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "orbit"):

geosynchronous orbit (a circular orbit around the Earth having a period of 24 hours)


Sense 2orbit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A particular environment or walk of life

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

arena; domain; sphere; area; orbit; field

Context examples:

his social sphere is limited / it was a closed area of employment / he's out of my orbit

Hypernyms ("orbit" is a kind of...):

environment (the totality of surrounding conditions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "orbit"):

distaff (the sphere of work by women)

front (a sphere of activity involving effort)

kingdom; land; realm (a domain in which something is dominant)

lap (an area of control or responsibility)

political arena; political sphere (a sphere of intense political activity)

preserve (a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone)

province; responsibility (the proper sphere or extent of your activities)


Sense 3orbit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

ambit; scope; range; reach; compass; orbit

Context examples:

the range of a supersonic jet / the ambit of municipal legislation / within the compass of this article / within the scope of an investigation / outside the reach of the law / in the political orbit of a world power

Hypernyms ("orbit" is a kind of...):

extent (the distance or area or volume over which something extends)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "orbit"):

approximate range; ballpark (near to the scope or range of something)

spectrum (broad range of related values or qualities or ideas or activities)

gamut (a complete extent or range:)

expanse; sweep (a wide scope)

horizon; purview; view (the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated)

latitude (scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction)

internationalism; internationality (quality of being international in scope)

contrast (the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness))

confines (a bounded scope)

palette; pallet (the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art)


Sense 4orbit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

electron orbit; orbit

Hypernyms ("orbit" is a kind of...):

itinerary; path; route (an established line of travel or access)


Sense 5orbit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

cranial orbit; eye socket; orbital cavity; orbit

Hypernyms ("orbit" is a kind of...):

bodily cavity; cavity; cavum ((anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body)

Meronyms (parts of "orbit"):

lacrimal bone (small fragile bone making up part of the front inner walls of each eye socket and providing room for the passage of the lacrimal ducts)

Holonyms ("orbit" is a part of...):

skull (the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates)


ORBIT (verb)


Sense 1orbit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move in an orbit

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

orb; orbit; revolve

Context examples:

The moon orbits around the Earth / The planets are orbiting the sun / electrons orbit the nucleus

Hypernyms (to "orbit" is one way to...):

circle; circulate (move in circles)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "orbit"):

retrograde (move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s something


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