- IPA: /ˈɔː(ɹ)bɪt/
- A circular or elliptical path of one object around another object, particularly in astronomy and space travel.
- 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) A mathematical function that describes the wave-like behavior of an electron in an atom; area of the highest probability of electron´s occurrence around the atom's nucleus.
- (mathematics) A collection of points related by the evolution function of a dynamical system.
- (geometry, group theory) The subset of elements of a set X to which a given element can be moved by members of a specified group of transformations that act on X.
- (informal) A state of increased excitement, activity, or anger.
- Dad went into orbit when I told him that I'd crashed the car.
- French: orbite
- German: Umlaufbahn, Orbit
- Italian: orbita
- Portuguese: órbita, círculo
- Russian: орби́та
- Spanish: órbita
- Russian: орби́та
orbit (orbits, present participle orbiting; past and past participle orbited)
- 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, begging 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
- French: orbiter