orbit definition, meaning - what is orbit in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “orbit”

See all translations

orbit

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɔː.bɪt/  us   /ˈɔːr-/
the curved path through which objects in space move around a planet or star: The satellite is now in a stable orbit. Once in space, the spacecraft will go into orbit around the Earth.

orbit

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈɔː.bɪt/  us   /ˈɔːr-/
to follow a curved path around a planet or star: On this mission the Shuttle will orbit (the Earth) at a height of several hundred miles.
Translations of “orbit”
in Arabic مَدار…
in Korean 궤도…
in Malaysian orbit…
in French orbite…
in Turkish yörünge…
in Italian orbita…
in Chinese (Traditional) (天體圍繞行星或恆星運行的)軌道…
in Russian орбита…
in Polish orbita…
in Vietnamese quỹ đạo…
in Spanish órbita…
in Portuguese órbita…
in Thai วิถีโคจร…
in German die Orbit, die Umlaufbahn…
in Catalan òrbita…
in Japanese 軌道…
in Indonesian orbit…
in Chinese (Simplified) (天体围绕行星或恒星运行的)轨道…
(Definition of orbit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of orbit?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “orbit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More