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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awr-bi-tl]
    • /ˈɔr bɪ tl/
    • /ˈɔː.bɪˌtəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-bi-tl]
    • /ˈɔr bɪ tl/

Definitions of orbital word

  • adjective orbital of or relating to an orbit. 1
  • noun orbital Physics, Chemistry. a wave function describing the state of a single electron in an atom (atomic orbital) or in a molecule (molecular orbital) the electron in that state. 1
  • noun orbital Of or relating to an orbit or orbits. 1
  • adjective orbital in or of an orbit 1
  • adjective orbital cyclic, circular 1
  • adjective orbital An orbital road goes all the way round a large city. 0

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Origin of orbital

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; < New Latin, Medieval Latin orbitālis; see orbit, -al1

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Parts of speech for Orbital


orbital popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% 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".

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Synonyms for orbital

adjective orbital

  • annual — Annual events happen once every year.
  • intermittent — stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
  • monthly — pertaining to a month, or to each month.
  • occasional — occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache.
  • recurrent — that recurs; occurring or appearing again, especially repeatedly or periodically.

Antonyms for orbital

adjective orbital

  • constant — You use constant to describe something that happens all the time or is always there.
  • infrequent — happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely: infrequent visits.
  • unusual — not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
  • continual — A continual process or situation happens or exists without stopping.
  • irregular — without symmetry, even shape, formal arrangement, etc.: an irregular pattern.

Top questions with orbital

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