from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sphere or spherical object.
- n. A celestial body, such as the sun or moon.
- n. Archaic The earth.
- n. One of a series of concentric transparent spheres thought by ancient and medieval astronomers to revolve about the earth and carry the celestial bodies.
- n. A globe surmounted by a cross, used as a symbol of monarchial power and justice.
- n. An eye or eyeball.
- n. Archaic Something of circular form; a circle or an orbit.
- n. Archaic A range of endeavor or activity; a province.
- transitive v. To shape into a circle or sphere.
- transitive v. Archaic To encircle; enclose.
- intransitive v. Archaic To move in an orbit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star
- n. One of the azure transparent spheres conceived by the ancients to be inclosed one within another, and to carry the heavenly bodies in their revolutions
- n. A circle; especially, a circle, or nearly circular orbit, described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an orbit
- n. A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. --John Milton
- n. The eye, as luminous and spherical
- n. A revolving circular body; a wheel
- n. A sphere of action. --William Wordsworth
- n. A globus cruciger
- n. A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography
- v. to form into an orb or circle
- v. (transitive) to encircle; to surround; to inclose
- v. (intransitive) to become round like an orb
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A blank window or panel.
- n. A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star.
- n. One of the azure transparent spheres conceived by the ancients to be inclosed one within another, and to carry the heavenly bodies in their revolutions.
- n. A circle; esp., a circle, or nearly circular orbit, described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an orbit.
- n. A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body.
- n. The eye, as luminous and spherical.
- n. A revolving circular body; a wheel.
- n. A sphere of action or influence.
- n. Same as Mound, a ball or globe. See 1st Mound.
- n. A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defense, esp. infantry to repel cavalry.
- transitive v. To form into an orb or circle.
- transitive v. To encircle; to surround; to inclose.
- intransitive v. To become round like an orb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A circle; a circular surface, track, path, or course; an orbit; a ring; also, that which is circular, as a shield: as, the orb of the moon.
- n. A sphere or spheroidal body; a globe; a ball.
- n. Hence The earth or one of the heavenly bodies; in particular, the sun or the moon.
- n. The eye; an eyeball: so called from its spheroidal shape, and the comparison between its luminous brilliancy and that of the stars.
- n. A hollow globe; specifically, in ancient astronomy, a hollow globe or sphere supposed to form part of the solar or sidereal system.
- n. The globe forming part of royal regalia; the monde or mound.
- n. In astrology, the space within which the astrological influence of a planet or of a house is supposed to act.
- n. In architecture, a plain circular boss. See boss, 5.
- To inclose as in an orb; encircle; surround; shut up.
- To move as in a circle; roll as an orb: used reflexively.
- To form into a circle or sphere; make an orb.
- To become an orb or like an orb; assume the shape, appearance, or qualities of a circle or sphere; fill out the space of a circle or sphere; round itself out.
- Bereaved, especially of children.
- n. A blank window or panel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move in an orbit
- n. an object with a spherical shape
- n. the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye
Middle English orbe, orbit, from Old French, from Latin orbis, circle, disk, orbit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French orbe, from Latin orbis ("circle, orb"). Compare orbit. (Wiktionary)