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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun orbit:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb orbit:

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Definition of the noun orbit

What does orbit mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: orbits

  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:
    • example: in the political orbit of a world power
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of orbit: ambit / compass / range / reach / scope
    • more generic word: extent = the distance or area or volume over which something extends
    • more specific terms:
  4. the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
  5. the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball

Alternative definition of the noun orbit


  1. A circular or elliptical path of one object around another object.
  2. A sphere of influence; an area of control.
  3. The course of one's usual progression, or the extent of one's typical range.
  4. [anatomy] The bony cavity containing the eyeball; the eye socket.
  5. [physics] The path an electron takes around an atom's nucleus
  6. [mathematics] A collection of points related by the evolution function of a dynamical system.

Definition of the verb orbit

What does orbit mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: orbited | orbiting | orbits

  1. move in an orbit
    • examples: The moon orbits around the Earth | The planets are orbiting the sun | electrons orbit the nucleus
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of orbit: orb / revolve
    • more generic word: circle = move in a circular path above
    • more specific word: retrograde = move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies


Orbit is a brand of sugarless chewing gum from the Wrigley Company. In the United States, where it was re-launched in 2001, it is sold in cardboard boxes with 14 individually wrapped pieces of gum per package. In the UK, where it was launched in 1977, it was sold as a traditional long-stick gum. Wrigley's recently introduced the 14 package in the UK.


Who is Orbit?

Orbit a.k.a. William Orbit is an English musician, composer and record producer. In the early 1980s he formed synthpop act Torch Song with Laurie Mayer and Grant Gilbert. In 1987 he released the first of his Strange Cargo album series, containing ambient music.


  1. Orbit is a Boston, Massachusetts-based power trio. Formed in 1994, the band went on hiatus in late 2001. Their initial releases were on drummer Buckley's own Lunch Records label before the band moved to major label A&M Records. They completed recording their second major label album, "Guide To Better Living", but it was never released by A&M. The band then moved back to Lunch Records for the rest of their releases.
  2. Orbit is a musical group.
    • album: "The Beat Goes On (feat. Carol Hall)"

There are other groups with in their name, like Into Orbit, Casey's Orbit, Breaking Orbit, Orbit Experience and Orbit.Experience.


Orbit was a Thoroughbred racehorse. He was trained at Kingsclere by John Porter for the 1st Duke of Westminster. As a three-year-old he won the Eclipse Stakes.

  • born in (130 years ago)


"Orbit" is a 2012 short drama romance film written and directed by Florinda Frisardi.


  1. "Orbit" is the first album by William Orbit. While all of his later solo albums are predominantly instrumental, this album consists mostly of songs with lyrics, with vocals performed by Peta Nikolich.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  2. "Orbit" is a musical EP of Dibu-Z, TSR, MasCon.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  3. "Orbit" is a musical EP of Wideband Network.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  4. "Orbit" is a musical single of Wideband Network.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  5. "Orbit" is a musical album of Jason Sadites.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  6. "Orbit" is a musical single of Arkasia.
  7. "Orbit" is a musical album of Thundermug.
    • released in (42 years ago)
  8. "Orbit" is a musical album of The Harvest Ministers.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  9. "Orbit" is a cataloged instance, composition.


"Orbit" a.k.a. "ArcelorMittal Orbit" is a 114.5 metre tall sculpture and observation tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. It is Britain's largest piece of public art, and is intended to be a permanent lasting legacy of London's hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, assisting in the post-Olympics regeneration of the Stratford area. Sited between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, it allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from two observation platforms.


  1. Orbit: In physics, an orbit is the gravitationally curved path of an object around a point in space, for example the orbit of a planet around the center of a star system, such as the Solar System. Orbits of planets are typically elliptical. But unlike the ellipse followed by a pendulum or an object attached to a spring, the central sun is at a focal point of the ellipse and not at its centre.
    • also known as 轨道
  2. Orbit: In mathematics, in the study of dynamical systems, an orbit is a collection of points related by the evolution function of the dynamical system. The orbit is a subset of the phase space and the set of all orbits is a partition of the phase space, that is, different orbits do not intersect in the phase space. Understanding the properties of orbits by using topological methods is one of the objectives of the modern theory of dynamical systems.
  3. Orbit is the name given to Major League Baseball's Houston Astros mascot, a lime-green outer-space creature wearing an Astros jersey with antennae extending into baseballs. Orbit was the team's official mascot from the 1990 through the 1999 seasons until the 2000 season, where Junction Jack was introduced as the team's mascot with the move from the Astrodome to then Enron Field. Orbit returned on November 2, 2012 at the unveiling of the Astros new look for their 2013 debut in the American League. The name Orbit pays homage to Houston's association with NASA and nickname Space City.
  4. Orbit is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering developments and results from the variety of medical disciplines that overlap and converge in the field of orbital disorders: ophthalmology, otolaryngology, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery, endocrinology, radiology, radiotherapy and oncology, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology and neurosurgery, pathology and immunology, and hematology.
  5. Orbit: An orbit is a type of scratch used by turntablists. It is generally any scratch that incorporates both a forward and backward movement, or vice versa, of the record in sequence.
  6. ORBit is a CORBA 2.4 compliant Object Request Broker. It features mature C, C++ and Python bindings, and less developed bindings for Perl, Lisp, Pascal, Ruby, and Tcl. Most of the code is distributed under the LGPL license, although the IDL compiler and utilities use the GPL.
  7. Orbit: The notion of orbit of a control system used in mathematical control theory is a particular case of the notion of orbit in group theory.
  8. Orbit is a collaborative album by American jazz saxophonist Rob Brown and the Swiss duo composed of pianist Guerino Mazzola and percussionist Heinz Geisser. It was recorded in 1996 and released on the Music & Arts label. Mazzola and Geisser worked together since 1994, before this album they played as a trio of similar instrumentation with Swiss saxophonist Mathias Rissi instead of Brown.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (18 years ago)
  9. Orbit is a lightweight web application framework. It is written in Lua programming language and adheres to a model-view-controller paradigm. The design is inspired by lightweight Ruby frameworks such as Camping.

Phrases with Orbit

  1. orbit period
  2. Clarke Orbit
  3. cranial orbit
  4. electron orbit
  5. celestial orbit
  6. Low Earth Orbit
  7. Osculating orbit
  8. Synchronous orbit
  9. geostationary orbit
  10. geosynchronous orbit
  11. Subsynchronous orbit
  12. Supersynchronous Orbit
  13. inclination of an orbit

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Orbit

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Google previewSymplectic Actions of 2-tori on 4-manifolds (2010)

by Alvaro Pelayo

be a compact connected symplectic manifold equipped with an effective symplectic action of a torus T for which at least one, and hence every T- orbit is a dimT-dimensional symplectic submanifold of (M, σ). Then there exists only ...

Google previewVector Mechanics for Engineers, Dynamics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A circular orbit is the orbit of any point of an object rotating around a fixed axis.

Google previewThe Chances of Explanation (2014)

Causal Explanation in the Social, Medical, and Physical Sciences by Paul Humphreys

The solution to these equations, as is well known, is a conic section, and its exact form is determined by the condition: rovo • 26M orbit is an ellipse, rovo' = 2GM orbit is a parabola, rovo' - 26M orbit is an hyperbola, where ro is the initial ...

Google previewThe Civil Engineering Handbook, Second Edition (2002)

by W.F. Chen, J.Y. Richard Liew

For e > 1 the orbit is a hyperbola, for e = 1 the orbit is a parabola, and for e < 1 the orbit is an ellipse. The use of the term anomaly as a synonym for angle is a vestige of Ptolemaic misconceptions, originally implying an angle which did not vary ...

Google previewOne-Dimensional Dynamics (2012)

by Welington de Melo, Sebastian van Strien

The full orbit of a point x e X is the set Of(x) = {f'"(x); n e Z} and the forward orbit is the set {f';(x); n e N}.

Google previewThe Collected Papers of Stephen Smale (2000)

by Stephen Smale, Roderick Wong

periodic orbit is the finite set Ui£ZT' p where p is an (elementary) periodic point.

<m and E{ is a copy of Er Thus the stable manifold of a periodic orbit is a 1-1 immersion of the disjoint union of m copies of a Euclidean space.

Google previewGravitation (1834)

by George Biddell Airy (sir.)

But half the latus rectum of the undisturbed orbit is the radius vector at the supposed place of action of the disturbing force (since that radius vector is supposed perpendicular to the major axis.) ...

Google previewCranial, Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery (2010)

by Paolo Cappabianca, Luigi Califano, Giorgio Iaconetta

The bony orbit is a pyramidshaped, conical structure with a total volume of approximately 30 cm3 (7 cm3 corresponding to the globe) completely occupied by soft tissues (eyeball, extraocular muscles, vessels, nerves, lacrimal gland, fat, etc.).

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Mathematics (2012)

Orbit - Rayleigh Equation by Michiel Hazewinkel

ORBIT of a point x relative to a group G acting on a set X (on the left) - The set G(x ) = (g(x): geC). The Set G. = {ge G: g(x)=x} is a subgroup in G and is called the stabilizer or stationary subgroup of the point x relative to G. The mapping g-g(x), ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia (1809)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

that round its axis, which causes the succession of day and night, accomplished in 24 hours; and that of the whole mass round the sun in a wide orbit, of which the luminary of day is the centre: in the latter its axis is constantly parallel to itself, ...

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences (1899)

Including the Pronunciation, Accentuation, Derivation, and Definition of the Terms Used in Medicine, Anatomy, Surgery ... and the Various Sciences Closely Related to Medicine ... by George Milbry Gould

Orbit (or '-bit) [orbita, from orbis, circle]. The bony pyramidal cavity in which the eyeball is suspended. Seven bones enter into its formation, its somewhat indeterminate sides being called the roof, the floor, the inner and outer walls. –5 - 9 THE ...

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Quotes about Orbit

Besides the conversation of women, it is dreams that keep the world in orbit. But dreams also form a diadem of moons, therefore the sky is that splendour inside a man's head, if his head is not, in fact, his own unique sky. (Jose Saramago)
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Scrabble value of O1R1B3I1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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