Meaning of ORBIT in English


/ ˈɔːbɪt; NAmE ˈɔːrbɪt/ noun , verb

■ noun


[ C , U ] a curved path followed by a planet or an object as it moves around another planet, star, moon, etc. :

the earth's orbit around the sun

a space station in orbit round the moon

A new satellite has been put into orbit around the earth.


[ sing. ] an area that a particular person, organization, etc. deals with or is able to influence :

to come / fall / be within sb's orbit

■ verb

orbit (around sth) to move in an orbit (= a curved path) around a much larger object, especially a planet, star, etc. :

[ vn ]

The earth takes a year to orbit the sun.

[also v ]



mid 16th cent. (referring to the eye socket): from Latin orbita course, track (in medieval Latin eye socket), feminine of orbitus circular, from orbis ring.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.