orbit

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Noun[change]

Singular
orbit

Plural
orbits

  1. (countable) An orbit is a circular or elliptical path achieved by an object around another, generally bigger and/or more massive.
    The Earth's orbit around the sun is completed in nearly three hundred sixty-five days and a quarter of day.
  2. (countable) An orbit is also the hole in the skull containing the eyeball, and more generally the hole containing an eyeball, belonging or not to the skeleton.
    Cartoon characters sometimes have their eyeballs going out of their orbits in order to make their expression look caricatural and funny.
  3. (uncountable, metaphorical) An orbit can also be the sphere of influence a powerful person, organization or country can have.
    During the Cold War, almost all Eastern European countries were in the orbit of the USSR.

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