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[awrb] /ɔrb/

a sphere or globe:
a Christmas tree hung with brightly colored orbs.
the eyeball or eye:
He looks with blind orbs on an indifferent world.
any of the heavenly bodies, as the sun or moon:
He lay on the grass, warmed by that orb of day, the sun.
a globe bearing a cross; the mound or emblem of sovereignty, especially as part of the regalia of England.
Astrology. the number of degrees from exactness within which an aspect operates.
a circle or something circular.
Astronomy. (formerly) the orbit of a heavenly body.
the earth.
verb (used with object)
to form into a circle or sphere.
Archaic. to encircle; enclose.
verb (used without object)
to move in an orbit.
to form into an orb or globe; round out.
(in royal regalia) an ornamental sphere surmounted by a cross, representing the power of a sovereign
a sphere; globe
(poetic) another word for eye1
(obsolete or poetic)

an archaic word for circle
to make or become circular or spherical
(transitive) an archaic word for encircle

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.

A 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.

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