Orb vs Orbit - What's the difference?

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Orb is a related term of orbit.

As an initialism orb

is (software engineering).

As a noun orbit is

orbit (path of one object around another object).



Etymology 1

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


(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)
  • (poetic) to encircle; to surround; to enclose
  • * Addison
  • The wheels were orbed with gold.
  • (poetic) to become round like an orb
  • Etymology 2

    (etyl) .


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



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    (en noun)
  • A circular or elliptical path of one object around another object.
  • The Moon's orbit around the Earth takes nearly one month to complete.
  • A sphere of influence; an area of control.
  • In the post WWII era, several eastern European countries came into the orbit of the Soviet Union.
  • The course of one's usual progression, or the extent of one's typical range.
  • The convenience store was a heavily travelled point in her daily orbit , as she purchased both cigarettes and lottery tickets there.
  • (anatomy) The bony cavity containing the eyeball; the eye socket.
  • (physics) The path an electron takes around an atom's nucleus.
  • (mathematics) A collection of points related by the evolution function of a dynamical system.
  • Derived terms

    * *


    (en verb)
  • To circle or revolve around another object.
  • The Earth orbits the Sun.
  • To move around the general vicinity of something.
  • The harried mother had a cloud of children orbiting her, asking for sweets.
  • To place an object into an orbit around a planet.
  • A rocket was used to orbit the satellite.


    * (move around the general vicinity of) circumambulate, tag along * (place an object into an orbit) launch

    Derived terms

    * orbital

    See also

    * satellite * (wikipedia "orbit")