orb


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Orb \Orb\ ([^o]rb), n. [OF. orb blind, fr. L. orbus destitute.]
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   A blank window or panel. [Obs.] --Oxf. Gloss.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Orb \Orb\, n. [F. orbe, fr. L. orbis circle, orb. Cf. Orbit.]
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   1. A spherical body; a globe; especially, one of the
      celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star.
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            In the small orb of one particular tear. --Shak.
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            Whether the prime orb,
            Incredible how swift, had thither rolled. --Milton.
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   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.
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   3. A circle; esp., a circle, or nearly circular orbit,
      described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an orbit.
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            The schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign
            eccentrics, and epicycles, and such engines of orbs.
                                                  --Bacon.
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            You seem to me as Dian in her orb.    --Shak.
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            In orbs
            Of circuit inexpressible they stood,
            Orb within orb.                       --Milton.
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   4. A period of time marked off by the revolution of a
      heavenly body. [R.] --Milton.
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   5. The eye, as luminous and spherical. [Poetic]
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            A drop serene hath quenched their orbs. --Milton.
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   6. A revolving circular body; a wheel. [Poetic]
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            The orbs
            Of his fierce chariot rolled.         --Milton.
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   7. A sphere of action or influence. --Wordsworth.
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            But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe. --Shak
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   8. Same as Mound, a ball or globe. See 1st Mound.
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   9. (Mil.) A body of soldiers drawn up in a circle, as for
      defense, esp. infantry to repel cavalry.
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   Syn: Globe; ball; sphere. See Globe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Orb \Orb\ ([^o]rb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Orbed ([^o]rbd); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Orbing.]
   1. To form into an orb or circle. [Poetic] --Milton.
      --Lowell.
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   2. To encircle; to surround; to inclose. [Poetic]
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            The wheels were orbed with gold.      --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Orb \Orb\, v. i.
   To become round like an orb. [Poetic]
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         And orb into the perfect star.           --Tennyson.
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