Orb vs Mound - What's the difference?

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Orb is a synonym of mound.


As nouns the difference between orb and mound

is that orb is a spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star while mound is (obsolete|anatomy|measurement|figuratively) a hand.

As verbs the difference between orb and mound

is that orb is (poetic) to form into an orb or circle while mound is to fortify with a mound; add a barrier, rampart, etc to.

orb

English

Etymology 1

(etyl) orbe, from (etyl) . Compare orbit .

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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. --
  • 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
  • A circle; especially, 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. --Bacon
    You seem to me as Dian in her orb. --
    In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb. --
  • (rare) A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body.
  • (John Milton)
  • (poetic) The eye, as luminous and spherical
  • A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --
  • (poetic) A revolving circular body; a wheel
  • The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. --
  • (rare) A sphere of action.
  • (William Wordsworth)
    But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --
  • A globus cruciger
  • A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography
  • (military) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defence, especially infantry to repel cavalry.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (poetic) to form into an orb or circle
  • (Lowell)
    (Milton)
  • (poetic) to encircle; to surround; to enclose
  • * Addison
  • The wheels were orbed with gold.
  • (poetic) to become round like an orb
  • Etymology 2

    (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (architecture) A blank window or panel.
  • References

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    Anagrams

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    mound

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, anatomy, measurement, figuratively) A hand.
  • (obsolete) A protection; restraint; curb.
  • (obsolete) A helmet.
  • (obsolete) Might; size.
  • An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embankment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart.
  • A natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
  • (baseball) Elevated area of dirt upon which the pitcher stands to pitch.
  • A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross.
  • (US, vulgar, slang) The mons veneris.
  • Synonyms

    * (part of regalia) globus cruciger, globe, orb

    Derived terms

    * (l)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To fortify with a mound; add a barrier, rampart, etc. to.
  • To force or pile into a mound or mounds.
  • He mounded up his mashed potatoes so they left more space on the plate for the meat.

    See also

    * (wikipedia "mound") *