orbit - Dictionary definition and meaning for word orbit

(noun) the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another
Synonyms : celestial orbit
Example Sentence
  • he plotted the orbit of the moon

(noun) a particular environment or walk of life
Synonyms : area , arena , domain , field , sphere
Example Sentence
  • his social sphere is limited
  • it was a closed area of employment
  • he's out of my orbit

(noun) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
Synonyms : ambit , compass , range , reach , scope
Example Sentence
  • the range of a supersonic jet
  • a piano has a greater range than the human voice
  • 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

(noun) the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
Synonyms : electron orbit

(noun) the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball
(verb) move in an orbit
Synonyms : orb , revolve
Example Sentence
  • The moon orbits around the Earth
  • The planets are orbiting the sun
  • electrons orbit the nucleus

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