Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to an orbit.
  • n. The wave function of an electron in an atom or molecule, indicating the electron's probable location.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to an orbit.
  • adj. Of or relating to the eye socket (eyehole).
  • n. A specification of the energy and probability density of an electron at any point in an atom or molecule.
  • n. An orbital motorway.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an orbit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology and anatomy, of or pertaining to the orbit of the eye; orbitar or orbitary; circumocular.
  • The thin horizontal plate of the frontal hone on both sides forming the roof of the orbit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the eye socket
  • adj. of or relating to an orbit

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Examples

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  • China's burgeoning manned space program aims for a long-term orbital foothold even as the U.S. has drawn down its manned space operations, and as Western officials and analysts worry about a Chinese military build-up in space.

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  • If NASA would have developed a 'people shuttle' transport like the Delta Clipper or other reusable manned space craft concepts then they could then focus on funding the heavy lift vehicles needed to build the infrastructure needed for colonies on the Moon, Mars, and in orbital space.

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  • “My clients sent me here to request that you surrender your targeting equipment and cease calling in orbital strikes.”

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  • It is a simple thing, a brief burn by the twin orbital maneuvering rockets against the direction of flight, which slows the shuttle by perhaps 200 mph.

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  • Because such ships are too large to be launched in one piece, construction on orbit is required, as is long-term orbital storage of super-cold or “cryogenic” propellant.

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