Orbit

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Orbit Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in t
  • the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball
  • the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another; "he plotted the orbit of the moon"
  • the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
  • a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he''s out of my orbit"
  • move in an orbit; "The moon orbits around the Earth"; "The planets are orbiting the sun"; "electrons orbit the nucleus"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another; "he plotted the orbit of the moon" ,
  • a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit" ,
  • an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "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" ,
  • the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom ,
  • the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball

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Orbit Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An orbit is the path that an object takes in space when it goes around a star, a planet, or a moon. It can also be used as a verb. For instance: “The earth orbits around the Sun.” The word ‘revolves’ has the same meaning, but 'rotates' is the spin of the object.

Many years ago, people thought that the Sun orbits in a circle around the earth. Every morning the Sun came up in the east and went down in the west. It just seemed to make sense that it was going around the earth. But now, thanks to people like Copernicus and Galileo Galilei, we know that the Sun is the center of the Solar System, and the earth orbits around it. Isaac Newton discovered that gravity controls the orbit of the planets and moons. Since a satellite is an object in space that revolves around another object, the earth is a satellite of the sun, just like the moon is a satellite of the Earth! The sun has lots of satellites orbiting around it, like the planets, and thousands of asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. The Earth just has one natural satellite (the Moon), but there are many artificial satellites orbiting the earth.



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  • Russia Puts Meridian Communications Satellite Into Orbit
    A Meridian communications satellite has been put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket, launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center, the Defense Ministry's spokesperson told RIA Novosti Thursday. Read more on this news related to 'Orbit'
  • MH370: Malaysia needs low orbit satellite
    KUALA LUMPUR : It has been suggested that Malaysia needs a low earth orbit satellite for monitoring and detecting communication frequencies following the disappearance of Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 on March 8. Read more on this news related to 'Orbit'

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