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1 the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye [syn: eyeball]
2 an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" [syn: ball, globe]

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French orbe, from Latin orbis, circle, orb. Compare orbit.



  1. 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.
    Whether the prime orb, Incredible how swift, had thither rolled. --Milton.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. --Shak.
    In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb. --Milton.
  4. A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. --Milton.
  5. The eye, as luminous and spherical.
    A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --Milton.
  6. A revolving circular body; a wheel.
    The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. --Milton.
  7. A sphere of action. --Wordsworth.
    But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --Shak
  8. Same as Mound, a ball or globe.
  9. A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography.


spherical body
  • Chinese: 天體, 天体
  • Finnish: pallo
  • French: orbe
  • German: Kugel
  • Greek: σφαίρα (sfaíra)
  • Japanese: 球体
  • Korean: 천체
  • Spanish: orbe
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
circle See circle
orbit See orbit
period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body See year
poetic: the eye, as luminous and spherical
poetic: a revolving circular body; a wheel
sphere of action
same as mound, a ball or globe See mound, ball, globe


  1. To form into an orb or circle. --Milton. Lowell.
  2. To encircle; to surround; to inclose.
  3. In the television programme/program Charmed, to utilize the type of teleportation particularly associated with whitelighters.
  4. To become round like an orb.



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Extensive Definition

The word "Orb", from the Latin orbis 'circle', is another name for a round object, especially a disk or a sphere.
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ORB is an acronym or abbreviation for:
ORBS can be:
orb in German: ORB
orb in Esperanto: ORB
orb in French: Orb (homonymie)
orb in Italian: ORB
orb in Lithuanian: Rutulys (reikšmės)
orb in Japanese: オーブ
orb in Swedish: Orb
orb in Chinese: Orb

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Aldebaran, Canicula, Dog Star, Hesper, Hesperus, Lucifer, North Star, Phosphor, Phosphorus, Polaris, Sirius, Venus, Vesper, ambit, area, arena, baby blues, bailiwick, ball, balloon, banjo eyes, beat, bladder, blob, boll, bolus, border, borderland, bright eyes, bubble, bulb, bulbil, bulblet, cap of dignity, cap of maintenance, celestial body, circle, circuit, clear eyes, comet, cornea, coronet, crown, daystar, demesne, department, diadem, discipline, domain, dominion, ellipsoid, ermine, evening star, eye, eyeball, eyelid, field, fixed stars, geoid, globe, globelet, globoid, globule, glomerulus, gob, gobbet, goggle eyes, great seal, heavenly body, hemisphere, iris, judicial circuit, jurisdiction, knob, knot, lamp, lens, lid, living sapphires, lodestar, march, morning star, naked eye, nictitating membrane, oblate spheroid, ocular, oculus, optic, optic nerve, orbit, orblet, organ of vision, pale, peeper, pellet, polar star, polestar, popeyes, precinct, privy seal, prolate spheroid, province, pupil, purple, purple pall, realm, regalia, retina, robe of state, rod, rod of empire, rondure, round, royal crown, saucer eyes, scepter, sclera, seal, signet, sphere, spheroid, spherule, starry host, starry orbs, stars, subdiscipline, tiara, triple plume, unaided eye, uraeus, visual organ, walk, winker
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