Orbit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːrbɪt|  American pronunciation of the word orbit
Brit.  |ˈɔːbɪt|  British pronunciation of the word orbit


- the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another
- a particular environment or walk of life(syn: area, arena, domain, field, sphere)
- an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:(syn: ambit, compass, range, reach, scope)
- the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
- the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball


- move in an orbit(syn: orb, revolve)


The Moon orbits the Earth.

The satellites orbit at different heights.

The Moon orbits around the Earth.

For years Mongolia remained within the orbit of the Soviet Union.

The spaceship orbited successfully.

The satellite orbited the Earth several times.

We had been orbiting in our helicopter for about forty-five minutes.

The satellite orbits the Earth every 48 hours.

The Space Shuttle is now in orbit.

The telecommunications satellite went into orbit at the end of last year.

The shuttle can remain in orbit around the earth for up to 9 days.

he plotted the orbit of the moon

he's out of my orbit

in the political orbit of a world power

The moon orbits around the Earth

Word forms

I/you/we/they: orbit
he/she/it: orbits
present participle: orbiting
past tense: orbited
past participle: orbited
singular: orbit
plural: orbits
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