- A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star.
In the small orb of one particular tear. --Shak.Translations:
Whether the prime orb, Incredible how swift, had thither rolled. --Milton.
The schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign eccentrics, and epicycles, and such engines of orbs. --Bacon.
- 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.
You seem to me as Dian in her orb. --Shak.
In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb. --Milton.
(rare) A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. --Milton.
(poetic) The eye, as luminous and spherical.
A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --Milton.
(poetic) A revolving circular body; a wheel.
The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. --Milton.
(rare) A sphere of action. --Wordsworth.
But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --Shak
- Same as Mound, a ball or globe.
- A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography.
Etymology: French orbe, from Latin orbis, circle, orb. Compare orbit.
(poetic) To form into an orb or circle. --Milton. Lowell.
(poetic) (transitive) To encircle; to surround; to inclose.
(transitive) In the television programme/program w:Charmed, Charmed, to utilize the type of teleportation particularly associated with whitelighters.
(poetic) (intransitive) To become round like an orb.
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