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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a bright orb on the horizon
▪ A few days before the midair save, another orb had been successfully recovered after a gentle landing in the sea.
▪ A large ship climbed from the orb of Karkason.
▪ On the night stand was a translucent orb atop a triangular clock.
▪ The orb at the top of the rod symbolizes this ideal condition.
▪ This hulking Atlas is carrying the universe upon his shoulders, a hollow orb ringed with the constellations of the celestial sphere.
▪ We were shown a bullet-ridden orb, lying on the ground, that had once decorated the church spire.
▪ When the daemon's defeat was revealed in his black orb of seeing the Witch-King was enraged.
▪ You unpack the orb from the heavy-duty insula-tion stuffed around it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Orb \Orb\, n. [F. orbe, fr. L. orbis circle, orb. Cf. 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.

    Whether the prime orb, Incredible how swift, had thither rolled.

  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; esp., 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.

    You seem to me as Dian in her orb.

    In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb.

  4. A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. [R.]

  5. The eye, as luminous and spherical. [Poetic]

    A drop serene hath quenched their orbs.

  6. A revolving circular body; a wheel. [Poetic]

    The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled.

  7. A sphere of action or influence.

    But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe.

  8. Same as Mound, a ball or globe. See 1st Mound.

  9. (Mil.) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defense, esp. infantry to repel cavalry.

    Syn: Globe; ball; sphere. See Globe.


Orb \Orb\ ([^o]rb), n. [OF. orb blind, fr. L. orbus destitute.] (Arch.) A blank window or panel. [Obs.]
--Oxf. Gloss.


Orb \Orb\, v. i. To become round like an orb. [Poetic]

And orb into the perfect star.


Orb \Orb\ ([^o]rb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Orbed ([^o]rbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Orbing.]

  1. To form into an orb or circle. [Poetic]

  2. To encircle; to surround; to inclose. [Poetic]

    The wheels were orbed with gold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "sphere, globe, something spherical or circular," from Old French orbe "orb, globe" (13c.) and directly from Latin orbem (nominative orbis) "circle, disk, ring, hoop, orbit," probably related to orbita "wheel track, rut," of unknown origin. Watkins suggests a connection with the root of orchid.\n

\nA three-dimensional extension of a word originally describing two-dimensional shapes. Astronomical sense is in reference to the hollow spheres that carried the planets and stars in the Ptolemaic system. As a verb from c.1600. Orb weaver spider is first recorded 1889.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star 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 4 (context rare English) A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body. 5 (context poetic English) The eye, as luminous and spherical 6 (context poetic English) A revolving circular body; a wheel 7 (context rare English) A sphere of action. 8 A globus cruciger 9 A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography 10 (context military English) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defence, especially infantry to repel cavalry. vb. 1 (context poetic English) to form into an orb or circle 2 (context poetic transitive English) to encircle; to surround; to enclose 3 (context poetic intransitive English) to become round like an orb Etymology 2

n. (context architecture English) A blank window or panel.

  1. n. the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye [syn: eyeball]

  2. an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" [syn: ball, globe]


Orb may refer to:

Orb (optics)

In photography, an orb is a typically circular artifact on an image, created as a result of flash photography illuminating a mote of dust or other particle. Orbs are especially common with modern compact and ultra-compact digital cameras.

Orbs are also sometimes called backscatter, orb backscatter, or near-camera reflection. Some orbs appear with trails indicating motion.

Orb (river)

The Orb is a long river in the Herault '' département'' of southern France that flows into the Mediterranean Sea, in Valras-Plage. The river flows through the towns Bédarieux and Béziers, where it is crossed by the canal du Midi on the Orb Aqueduct. In ancient times, the Orb was crossed at Capestang by the long Roman Pont Serme.

Orb (comics)

The Orb is the name of two Marvel Comics supervillains who are primarily an adversary of Ghost Rider.

Orb (Kinzig)

'''Orb (Kinzig) ''' is a river of Hesse, Germany.

Orb (software)

Orb was a freeware streaming software that enabled users to remotely access all their personal digital media files including pictures, music, videos and television. It could be used from any Internet-enabled device, including laptops, pocket PC, smartphones, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii video game consoles.

In 2013, Orb Networks, Inc. announced that they were acquired by a strategic partner and would be shutting down operations. Also in 2013, Co-founder Luc Julia indicated that Orb Networks' technology had been acquired by Qualcomm, but no accompanying press release had been issued.

Orb's website (accessed May, 2014) announced: "...about a year ago Orb's team and technology were acquired by Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc." and "Orb Networks will no longer be offering any Orb software downloads or support for our web based products such as OrbLive and Mycast." The statement invited people to "check out Qualcomm's AllPlay media platform" but did not specify how Orb software may have been utilized.

Orb (astrology)

In astrology, the orb is how much an angle made by two points differs from the exactness of an aspect. A trine, for instance, is 120 degrees. If two points were 123 degrees apart, they would be said to be in a trine with an orb of 3 degrees. It is generally held in astrological delineation that the larger the orb, the less powerful the aspect's effect is.

For example, if the sun is located in the sign Aquarius at 15 degrees and the moon is also going through Aquarius, then the moon's orb of influence will begin no earlier than 5 degrees Aquarius and will last no longer than 25 degrees Aquarius. However, this would be considered a wide orb. Most astrologers consider the orb of influence to be no more than 8 degrees on either side.

Larger orbs tend to be used for aspects involving major bodies, such as the sun or moon. Larger orbs also tend to be used for major aspects, such as conjunctions and oppositions.

Smaller orbs are sometimes used when an aspect is "out of sign". An "out of sign" aspect involves one that is a multiple of 30 degrees, meaning the two points should have the same positioning within their signs, however the orb causes the points to be in different signs than expected. For example, if the sun is located at 29 degrees Aries, and the moon is located at 1 degree Leo, the difference is 92 degrees, which makes a square aspect. However Aries and Leo are four signs or 120 degrees apart, so one might expect a trine aspect instead when just considering the signs involved.

Orb (horse)

Orb (foaled February 24, 2010 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. After being defeated in his first three starts, Orb won five consecutive races, culminating with a victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2013. He was retired at the end of the year to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm.

Orb (album)

Orb is an album by New Zealand musician Alastair Galbraith released in 2007.

ORB (feature descriptor)

ORB (Oriented FAST and Rotated BRIEF) is a fast robust local feature detector, first presented by Ethan Rublee et al. in 2011, that can be used in computer vision tasks like object recognition or 3D reconstruction. It is based on the FAST keypoint detector and the visual descriptor BRIEF (Binary Robust Independent Elementary Features). Its aim is to provide a fast and efficient alternative to SIFT.

Orb (Boiled in Lead album)

Orb is the fourth album by Minneapolis Celtic rock band Boiled in Lead. It was produced by Hijaz Mustapha of British worldbeat band 3 Mustaphas 3. Orb found Boiled in Lead exploring a wider range of traditional music styles than ever before, moving beyond the confines of the Fairport Convention-influenced Celtic rock of previous albums and adding material from Albania, Romania, Macedonia, Sweden, Appalachia, and Thailand. The album's title reflects this, suggesting an embrace of a truly global musical perspective. Brett Durand Atwood of Gavin Report praised the album's eclecticism, calling it "a one-world sonic showcase for the tunes of our brothers, sisters, and ancestors."

Usage examples of "orb".

Then, too, the crowds of admiring spectators, the angel host of captivating beauties with their starry orbs of light, and luxuriant tresses, curling in playful elegance around a face beaming with divinity, or falling in admired negligence over bosoms of alabastrine whiteness and unspotted purity within!

His resistless word split asunder the orb of the moon: the obedient planet stooped from her station in the sky, accomplished the seven revolutions round the Caaba, saluted Mahomet in the Arabian tongue, and, suddenly contracting her dimensions, entered at the collar, and issued forth through the sleeve, of his shirt.

Or even in the Betan Orb ultra-classy sexual smorgasbord and training academy sense.

A couch by midwives attended with wholesome food reposeful, cleanest swaddles as though forthbringing were now done and by wise foresight set: but to this no less of what drugs there is need and surgical implements which are pertaining to her case not omitting aspect of all very distracting spectacles in various latitudes by our terrestrial orb offered together with images, divine and human, the cogitation of which by sejunct females is to tumescence conducive or eases issue in the high sunbright wellbuilt fair home of mothers when, ostensibly far gone and reproductitive, it is come by her thereto to lie in, her term up.

Strumbermian officer peered at me through eyes that were even deader than most Strum orbs.

But if I am no moth-eaten alchemist, neither am I some newfangled astronomer who feigns eccentrics and epicycles and suchlike in order to save the phenomena, when he knows full well that there are no such engines within the orbs.

As yet only a few on the mountaintops have caught sight of the Glorious Orb, but already its rays are illumining heaven and earth, and erelong it will rise above the mountains and shine with full strength on the plains and valleys too, giving life and guidance to all.

Worsel announced, curling out one extensile eye toward the vanishing orb.

Dreibrand had learned that Onja could communicate with her priests via the large orbs in the temples, and he very well expected the rysmavda in Fata Nor to know what had happened in Dursalene.

In the darkened atmosphere of the Flinders Lane office, Sir Matthew knew how to turn these colourless unwinking orbs to account.

The Metal Babes building like crystals from hearts of radiance beneath the play of jocund orbs!

Out they trooped, swirling from every rent and gap -- orbs scarlet and sapphire, ruby orbs, orbs tuliped and irised -- the jocund suns of the birth chamber and side by side with them hosts of the frozen, pale gilt, stiff rayed suns.

Once Kuri had decided the effect he wanted, he worked quickly, tapping out crescents of citrine and gamboge from the solar orb.

His viewscreen split again: the right half retaining the orb of Decades, three-quarters in sunlight, while the left jumped by logarithmic magnifications down onto the planetary surface.

For most of its short year the moon known as Naos III was a frigid little orb with days that never seemed to end.