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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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