O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awr-bit]
    • /ˈɔr bɪt/
    • /ˈɔː.bɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-bit]
    • /ˈɔr bɪt/

Definitions of orbit word

  • noun orbit the curved path, usually elliptical, described by a planet, satellite, spaceship, etc., around a celestial body, as the sun. 1
  • noun orbit the usual course of one's life or range of one's activities. 1
  • noun orbit the sphere of power or influence, as of a nation or person: a small nation in the Russian orbit. 1
  • noun orbit Physics. (in Bohr theory) the path traced by an electron revolving around the nucleus of an atom. 1
  • noun orbit an orb or sphere. 1
  • noun orbit Anatomy. the bony cavity of the skull that contains the eye; eye socket. the eye. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of orbit

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin orbita wheel track, course, circuit

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Orbit


orbit popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

orbit usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for orbit

noun orbit

  • path — a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
  • track — a structure consisting of a pair of parallel lines of rails with their crossties, on which a railroad train, trolley, or the like runs.
  • trajectory — the curve described by a projectile, rocket, or the like in its flight.
  • flight path — the trajectory of a moving aircraft or spacecraft relative to a fixed reference.
  • revolution — an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.

verb orbit

  • circumnavigate — If someone circumnavigates the world or an island, they sail all the way around it.
  • loop — a hot bloom of pasty consistency, to be worked under a hammer or in rolls.
  • encircle — Form a circle around ; surround.
  • revolve — to move in a circular or curving course or orbit: The earth revolves around the sun.

Antonyms for orbit

noun orbit

  • inside — on the inner side or part of; within: inside the circle; inside the envelope.
  • interior — being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center: the interior rooms of a house.

Top questions with orbit

  • how long does it take earth to orbit the sun?
  • how long does it take mercury to orbit the sun?
  • how long does it take neptune to orbit the sun?
  • how long does it take jupiter to orbit the sun?
  • how many satellites are in orbit?
  • how long does it take saturn to orbit the sun?
  • what does orbit mean?
  • how long does it take mars to orbit the sun?
  • how long does it take pluto to orbit the sun?
  • what is an orbit?
  • how many satellites orbit the earth?
  • who was the first american to orbit the earth?
  • how long does the moon take to orbit the earth?
  • which planet has the most circular orbit?
  • what is the shape of the earth's orbit?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?