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orb (sphere)

Definition:

an object with a spherical shape

Class:

shape noun (2- and 3-dimensional shapes)

Plural:

orbs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

ball | globe

Etymology:

(implied in orbicular), "sphere, globe", also "emblem of sovereignty", from Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of orb...

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

orb [royal emblem]

emblem of royal power, usually made of precious metal and jewels and consisting of a sphere surmounted by a cross. The ball as a symbol of the cosmos, ... (28 of 117 words, 2 images)

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Wikipedia:

Orb [disambiguation]

from the Latin orbis 'circle', is another name for a round object, especially a disk or a sphere. Orb may refer to: Orb (astrology), the difference between the exactness of an astrological aspect | Orb (optics), an unexpected, often circular... (39 of 492 words, 31 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

orb | eye [entry-specific, sense-specific] | circle [archaic, sense-specific] | encircle [archaic, sense-specific] | globe [synonym, sense-specific]

(in royal regalia) an ornamental sphere surmounted by a cross, representing the power of a sovereign | a sphere; globe | [poetic] another word for ... (23 of 474 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

orb [entry 1, noun] | circle [synonym, sense-specific] | eye [synonym, sense-specific] | orbit [synonym, sense-specific] | globe [synonym, sense-specific] | ball [entry 1, synonym, sense-specific] | sphere [synonym, sense-specific] | bead [similar, sense-specific] | globule [similar, sense-specific] | ...

any of the concentric spheres in old astronomy surrounding the earth and carrying the celestial bodies in their revolutions | [archaic] something ... (21 of 155 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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orb [entry 2, verb] | encircle [synonym, sense-specific] | enclose [synonym, sense-specific] | surround [synonym, sense-specific]

to form into a disk or circle | [archaic] "encircle", "surround", "enclose" | [archaic] to move in an orbit (17 of 34 words, 3 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

orb | orbs [plural] | orbed [past tense] | orbing [present participle]

A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star | 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 | A ... (42 of 142 words, 12 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

orb

a sphere or globe. | the eyeball or eye. | any of the heavenly bodies, as the sun or moon. | a globe bearing a cross; the mound or emblem of ... (28 of 135 words, 12 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/orb

American Heritage Dictionary:

orb | orbed [past tense] | orbing [present participle] | orbs [3rd-person singular present]

A sphere or spherical object. | A celestial body, such as the sun or moon. | [archaic] The earth. | One of a series of concentric transparent spheres ... (25 of 121 words, 11 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

orb | orbed [adjective, related] | orby [adjective, related]

a sphere, or globe | any of the celestial spheres, as the sun, moon, etc. ; [obsolete] the earth ; the orbit of a planet | [archaic, poetic] the eye ... (28 of 105 words, 12 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

orb | orbs

a spherical object or shape | a golden globe surmounted by a cross, forming part of the regalia of a monarch | [literary] : a celestial body. | ... (25 of 104 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/orb

Macmillan British Dictionary:

orb [countable] | orbs [plural]

[literary] an object that has a perfectly round shape ; the sun or the moon | a small gold ball with a cross on top that a king or queen carries as ... (31 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/orb

Cambridge Dictionary:

orb [literary]

something in the shape of a sphere (7 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/orb

Columbia Encyclopedia:

globe

spherical map of the earth (terrestrial globe) or the sky (celestial globe). The terrestrial globe provides the only graphic representation of the ... (22 of 173 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

orb | orbs [plural] | orbed [past tense] | orbing [present participle]

a sphere or spherical object | a small sphere usually made from a precious metal set with jewels and with a cross set onto the top of it that forms ... (29 of 174 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635320​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

orb

First use: early 15th century

Origin: (implied in orbicular), "sphere, globe", also "emblem of sovereignty", from Old French orbe (13th century), from Latin orbem ... (21 of 83 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

orb | orbed [past tense] | orbing [present participle] | orbs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English orbe, orbit, from Old French, from Latin orbis, circle, disk, orbit.

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Oxford Dictionary:

orb | orbs

Origin: late Middle English (denoting a circle): from Latin orbis "ring"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/orb

Wiktionary:

orb | orbs [plural] | orbed [past tense] | orbing [present participle]

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/orb

Collins Dictionary:

orb

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin orbis circle, disc

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/orb

New World Dictionary:

orb

Origin: Latin orbis, a circle

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Merriam-Webster:

orb [entry 1, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French orbe, from Latin orbis circle, disk, orb

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Encarta Dictionary:

orb | orbs [plural] | orbed [past tense] | orbing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin orbis "wheel, circle"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635320​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

orb

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "orb"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/orb

Macmillan British Dictionary:

orb [countable] | orbs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "orb"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/orb

Macmillan American Dictionary:

orb [countable] | orbs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "orb"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/orb

Cambridge Dictionary:

orb [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "orb"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "orb"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/orb

the Free Dictionary:

orb

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "orb"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "orb"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "orb" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

orb | orbs [plural] | orbed [past tense] | orbing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "orb"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

orb

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "orb" by speech synthesizer

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