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English noun: orbit

1. orbit (location) the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another


SamplesHe plotted the orbit of the moon.


Synonymscelestial orbit


Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route


Narrower (hyponym)geosynchronous orbit


Part holonymapoapsis, periapsis, point of apoapsis, point of periapsis

2. orbit (state) a particular environment or walk of life


SamplesHis social sphere is limited.
It was a closed area of employment.
He's out of my orbit.


Synonymsarea, arena, domain, field, sphere


Broader (hypernym)environment


Narrower (hyponym)distaff, front, kingdom, land, lap, political arena, political sphere, preserve, province, realm, responsibility

3. orbit (attribute) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsambit, compass, range, reach, scope


Broader (hypernym)extent


Narrower (hyponym)approximate range, ballpark, confines, contrast, expanse, gamut, horizon, internationalism, internationality, latitude, palette, pallet, purview, spectrum, sweep, view

4. orbit (location) the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom


Synonymselectron orbit


Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route

5. orbit (body) the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball


Synonymscranial orbit, eye socket, orbital cavity


Broader (hypernym)bodily cavity, cavity, cavum


Part holonymlacrimal bone


Part meronymskull


English verb: orbit

1. orbit (motion) move in an orbit


SamplesThe moon orbits around the Earth.
The planets are orbiting the sun.
Electrons orbit the nucleus.


Synonymsorb, revolve


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)circle, circulate


Narrower (hyponym)retrograde









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