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or·bit

orbit

 
 
pronunciation:
or biht
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the curved path in which a planet, satellite, or spacecraft moves in a circle around another body.
They steered the spacecraft to cross the orbit of the satellite.
similar words:
circuit, course, path, revolution
definition 2: one complete trip along this path.
The earth makes one orbit around the sun each year.
synonyms:
revolution
similar words:
circuit
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: orbits, orbiting, orbited
definition: to move in a circle around.
The Moon orbits Earth.
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synonyms:
revolve about
similar words:
encircle
derivation: orbital (adj.)
Word History
Orbit comes from an early French word that means "the track of a wheel."
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The word orbit contains the following part:
orb Latin root that means wheel, circle
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