• WordNet 3.6
    • v orb move in an orbit "The moon orbits around the Earth","The planets are orbiting the sun","electrons orbit the nucleus"
    • n orb the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye
    • n orb an object with a spherical shape "a ball of fire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Orb ôrb (Arch) A blank window or panel.
    • Orb (Mil) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defense, esp. infantry to repel cavalry.
    • Orb A circle; esp., a circle, or nearly circular orbit, described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an orbit. "The schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign eccentrics, and epicycles, and such engines of orbs .""You seem to me as Dian in her orb .""In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb ."
    • Orb A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body.
    • Orb A revolving circular body; a wheel. "The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled."
    • Orb A sphere of action or influence. "But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe."
    • Orb A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star. "In the small orb of one particular tear.""Whether the prime orb ,
      Incredible how swift, had thither rolled."
    • Orb 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.
    • Orb Same as Mound, a ball or globe. See 1st Mound.
    • Orb The eye, as luminous and spherical. "A drop serene hath quenched their orbs ."
    • v. i Orb To become round like an orb. "And orb into the perfect star."
    • Orb To encircle; to surround; to inclose. "The wheels were orbed with gold."
    • Orb To form into an orb or circle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n orb 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 orb A sphere or spheroidal body; a globe; a ball.
    • n orb Hence The earth or one of the heavenly bodies; in particular, the sun or the moon.
    • n orb The eye; an eyeball: so called from its spheroidal shape, and the comparison between its luminous brilliancy and that of the stars.
    • n orb A hollow globe; specifically, in ancient astronomy, a hollow globe or sphere supposed to form part of the solar or sidereal system. The ancient astronomers supposed the heavens to consist of such orbs or spheres inclosing one another, being concentric, and carrying with them in their revolutions the planets. That in which the sun was supposed to be placed was called the orbis maximus, or chief orb.
    • n orb The globe forming part of royal regalia; the monde or mound. As a symbol of sovereignty it is of ancient Roman origin, appearing in a Pompeiian wall-painting representing Jupiter enthroned, and also in sculpture.
    • n orb In astrology, the space within which the astrological influence of a planet or of a house is supposed to act. The orbs of the cusps of the houses are 5 degrees; those of the different planets vary from 7 degrees to 15 degrees.
    • n orb In architecture, a plain circular boss. See boss, 5. Synonyms Sphere, etc. See globe.
    • orb To inclose as in an orb; encircle; surround; shut up.
    • orb To move as in a circle; roll as an orb: used reflexively.
    • orb To form into a circle or sphere; make an orb.
    • 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.
    • orb Bereaved, especially of children.
    • n orb A blank window or panel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Orb orb (obs.) bereft, esp. of children.
    • n Orb orb a circle: a sphere: a celestial body: a wheel: any rolling body: the eye:
    • v.t Orb to surround: to form into an orb
    • n Orb orb (archit.) a blank window or panel: the globe forming part of regalia, the monde or mound: the space within which the astrological influence of a planet operates
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. orbe, fr. L. orbis, circle, orb. Cf. Orbit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. orbis, circle.


In literature:

Fancy so much as mentioning fairy godmothers in the presence of these steely orbs.
"The Little Red Chimney" by Mary Finley Leonard
I trembled as I leaned over her, for I could see the firm, white-orbed upper parts of her breasts ...
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
And she gazed and gazed on that orb without being satiated with the beauty of the morning Sun.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And as he advanced, he seemed to everyone like solar orb emerged from the clouds.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
I could see nothing but a pair of red orbs, glowing like flaming carbuncles.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
For miles along the shore the ghats are thronged at the first appearance of the orb of day, and there is a continuous murmur of voices.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
V.vi.125 (446,5) his fame folds in/This orbe o' th' earth] His fame overspreads the world.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
Thy natal star was fortunate as any orb of birth, And fate hath held in store for thee the rarest gift of earth.
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
The cross and orb are found on stamps of Great Britain.
"What Philately Teaches" by John N. Luff
It is the swing of the pendulum, the revolution of the orb.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland

In poetry:

Where'er he moved, his shadowy form
The sightless orbs would seek,
And smiles of welcome light and warm
The lips that could not speak.
"A Memorial tribute" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
What are these mighty heavens he pranked
With stars? What azure day?
What sunset? What this orb of things,
This rondure? Who shall say?
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
With joy the lost and wounded bless,
Wipe from all eyes the tears that run,
Unveil the orb of righteousness,
For unto us is born a son.
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Ye pastors all, whatever your degree,
Shine, like the stars upon a frosty night,
But be not like the moon, whose orb we see
Yield, when o'erspread with spots, a fainter light.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
"Happy the youths who, warm with Britain's love,
Her inmost wish in —— periods hear!
Happy that in the radiant circle move,
Attendant orbs, where Lonsdale gilds the sphere!
"Elegy XXIV. He Takes Occasion, From the Fate of Eleanor of Bretagne" by William Shenstone
How shameful is it then, remember all,
That that vast orb shou'd God's command obey?
Whilst we, vile worms! despise his gracious call,
And will not, at his mighty bidding, stay.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The device itself is literally nothing more than a link between your TV and your computer through Orb 's OrbCaster software, which is then controlled by your smartphone.
' Orb ' Captured On Surveillance.
All you need is a power outlet to receive visual alerts on the second-generation Ambient Orb .
This Week's Creature Feature The Orb Weavers' Feast.
Halloween is around the corner and before we know it pumpkin patches everywhere will be rife with ripe orange orbs.
An orb weaver uses three kinds of silk , each from a different gland, and coats a "capture spiral" in the web with stickum from a fourth gland to hold the prey.
Fossil female golden orb-weaver spider (Nephila jurassica) from the Middle Jurassic of China.
Orb Audio 's People's Choice system takes a spherical approach to home theater.
Pirates, witches and other costumed characters climbed inside, grab a paddle and raced the giant orbs around the lake.
However, it's possible to add a little boost to the AV in your living room, bedroom, or anywhere else, via the Orb Audio Booster .
Blue glowing orbs seemingly float above Nord Alley, while multiple strands of white globe and polka-dot LEDs create a curtain of sparkle.
Richard Erdek, 33, of Valley Orb Court, was found at 3:38 pm in an alley behind the 3900 of block.
INTERVIEWS The Orb Look Back on 20 Years of 'Little Fluffy Clouds'.
Mystery 'orb' memories haunt The Shining.
The mysterious 'orbs' captured by Neil Curry's family camera in a stairwell at the Stanley Hotel.

In science:

Radin, Orbits of orbs: sphere packing meets Penrose tilings, Amer.
A Solidification Phenomenon in Random Packings
Clearly N acts on e∗T G while fixing T G2 . 1 (S2 ) → N and Ker π is therefore There is an obvious surjective homomorphism π : π orb a subgroup of finite index.
A Stringy Product on Twisted Orbifold K-theory
We denote the orbit orbZΣ (τ ) also by orb(τ ) when the toric variety ZΣ is clear from the context.
Quasi Ordinary Singularities, Essential Divisors and Poincare Series
Let us define D ′ := {vτ | τ regular and orb(τ ) ⊂ n−1(SingV )}.
Quasi Ordinary Singularities, Essential Divisors and Poincare Series
For every language L ∈ N P there exist relational types ∆, ∆′ and a finite set F ′ of structures in Relcov (∆, ∆′ ) such that L is computational ly equivalent to Φ(F orb(F ′ )).
Forbidden lists (NP and CSP for combinatorialists)