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orb

See also: ORB

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

NounEdit

orb (plural orbs)

  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. --Shakespeare
    Whether the prime orb, Incredible how swift, had thither rolled. -- John 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. --Shakespeare
    In orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Orb within orb. --John Milton
  4. (rare) A period of time marked off by the revolution of a heavenly body.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Milton to this entry?)
  5. (poetic) The eye, as luminous and spherical
    A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --John Milton
  6. (poetic) A revolving circular body; a wheel
    The orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. --John Milton
  7. (rare) A sphere of action.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of William Wordsworth to this entry?)
    But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --Shakespeare
  8. A globus cruciger
  9. A translucent sphere appearing in flash photography
  10. (military) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for defence, especially infantry to repel cavalry.
TranslationsEdit

same as mound, a ball or globe
See mound, ball, globe

VerbEdit

orb (third-person singular simple present orbs, present participle orbing, simple past and past participle orbed)

  1. (poetic) to form into an orb or circle
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lowell to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
  2. (poetic, transitive) to encircle; to surround; to enclose
    • Addison
      The wheels were orbed with gold.
  3. (poetic, intransitive) to become round like an orb

Etymology 2Edit

Old French orb (blind), from Latin orbus (destitute).

NounEdit

orb (plural orbs)

  1. (architecture) A blank window or panel.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Oxf. Gloss to this entry?)

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin orbus

AdjectiveEdit

orb m (feminine orba, masculine plural orbs, feminine plural orbes)

  1. blind

SynonymsEdit

NounEdit

orb m (uncountable)

  1. a fungal disease of wheat and other cereals

EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Finno-Ugric *orpa, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃órbʰos. Cognate with Finnish orpo and Hungarian árva.

NounEdit

orb (??? please provide the genitive and partitive!)

  1. orphan

DeclensionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin orbus. Compare Italian orbo.

AdjectiveEdit

orb 4 nom/acc forms

  1. blind

DeclensionEdit

singular plural
Nom/Acc masculine & neuter feminine masculine feminine & neuter
indefinite orb oarbă orbi oarbe
definite orbul oarba orbii oarbele
Gen/Dat no special indefinite forms in genitive & dative cases
definite orbului oarbei orbilor oarbelor

NounEdit

orb m (plural orbi)

  1. blind man

DeclensionEdit

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