orbit

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Singular
orbit

Plural
orbits

  1. (countable) An orbit is a circular path achieved by an object that goes around another that is generally bigger.
    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 the hole in the skull containing the eyeball.
    Cartoon characters sometimes have their eyeballs going out of their orbits in order to make their expression look funny.
  3. (uncountable, metaphorical) An orbit is 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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