American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or following a trajectory of less than one orbit. Used of a rocket or spacecraft.
- adj. Anatomy Situated on or below the floor of the orbit of the eye.
- n. A suborbital part, such as a bone, nerve, or cartilage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated below the orbit of the eye or on the floor of that orbit; infra-orbital; subocular. Also suboptic, suborbitar.
- n. A special formation of parts below, along the lower border of, or on the floor of the orbit of the eye. A branch of the second division of the fifth nerve, which in various animals, as man, runs under the orbit and escapes upon the cheek through the suborbital foramen.
- adj. Not reaching orbit; having a trajectory that does not reach escape velocity and so must return to ground eventually.
- adj. anatomy Below the orbit of the eye
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) Situated under or below the orbit.
- adj. having or involving a trajectory of less than one orbit
- adj. situated on or below the floor of the eye socket
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“Bezos 'Seattle-based Blue Origin suborbital space venture is starting the process to build an aerospace testing and operations center on a portion of the Corn Ranch, a 165,000-acre spread that the 41-year-old billionaire purchased north of Van Horn, Texas.”
“Trans-oceanic flights for people and freight in suborbital space vehicles will be the developing norm.”
“Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites did it once again this morning, sending the rocket-propelled glider SpaceShipOne 63 miles above earth, into the nether regions of the atmosphere known as suborbital space.”
“Since it stops short of making a full orbit around Earth, SpaceShipTwo is known as a suborbital vehicle.”
“On Jan. 12-13, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory researcher and 11 other scientists will meet at the National AeroSpace Training and Research Center near Philadelphia, where they'll learn to work and conduct experiments in the wispy upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere known as suborbital space.”
“At least Eric sees that another region of space i.e. "suborbital" is a place where market forces can create excitement and value.”
“The gloomy conclusion of these studies was that while certainty was impossible until the horrific moment, it looked like a suborbital nuclear air blast could zap our system into uselessness.”
“A Morse shot of Alan Shepard ran on Life's cover in May 1961, when Shepard's suborbital flight made him America's first man in space.”
“Before getting to enter the hangar, the crowd was treated to a flyover by WhiteKnightTwo, the mothership that one day will help take space tourists on suborbital flights.”
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