Definition of orb in US English:

orb

noun

  • 1A spherical body; a globe.

    • ‘Then the large orange blossoms appear and eventually turn into small round orbs.’
    • ‘At the right, a turquoise orb rises above a glyphlike marking of black diamond shapes with arm-like appendages set against a purple ground.’
    • ‘The orb sits on your office desk and glows a quiet yellow.’
    • ‘Each egg was carefully marked, in pencil, with the date of laying so, when the rubbery shelled orbs were extracted, a memory of summer days was present.’
    • ‘She had pierced ears, too (which I didn't), displaying gold orbs which glowed in the soft light.’
    • ‘The faster the water flowed, the faster the orb rotated and not just in one direction either.’
    • ‘The orb, which weighs about 50 kg, would have caused serious damage if it had hit somebody.’
    • ‘The giant orb plopped onto the path of an oncoming ferry and bobbed around like some wayward kind of multicoloured buoy.’
    • ‘In the center of the vault was a pedestal, and on top of the pedestal was a spherical crystalline orb with some kind of necklace, or talisman beside it.’
    • ‘As the white orb expanded over me, I saw another world entirely inside.’
    • ‘The photographs we have taken also reveal orbs of light.’
    • ‘When he has the orbs, he finally has the ability to get back at all the people he thinks harmed him, and is just completely driven by hate.’
    • ‘Atop the neck's silver rings was a necklace of four orbs of different color: blue, red, green and violet.’
    • ‘Justin fired twice into the knob and was reassured as the golden orb dropped away from the door.’
    • ‘On the summit of the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey in London, 195 feet above the ground stands the goddess Justitia upon a golden orb.’
    • ‘These images are courtesy of Rebekah Ford, who managed to get much better photos of the orbs than I did.’
    • ‘As it repeatedly rises from the floor to the ceiling, the big orb appears primal, hypnotic and definitely seductive.’
    • ‘But for the dog, each and every brandishment of the fuzzy orb produces the same wondrous glee.’
    • ‘The green orbs glimmered gently in the pale moonlight, giving off an enigmatic appearance.’
    • ‘The 13 investigators used cameras and video equipment to search for ghouls on Friday night and captured images of glowing orbs and strange mists.’
    sphere, globe, ball, circle, ring, spheroid, spherule, round
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    1. 1.1 A golden globe surmounted by a cross, forming part of the regalia of a monarch.
      • ‘Edward's is the first English royal seal to survive; the image of the king in majesty, enthroned with orb and sceptre, was borrowed from German models.’
      • ‘Last came the delivery of the sceptre and the orb.’
      • ‘And what should be made of the cross surmounting the orb?’
      • ‘We were taught the symbolism of the orb and sceptre, a simultaneous lesson in civics and history.’
      • ‘This is a rare example of a once popular print and presents a traditional representation of the monarch with crown, orb and sceptre, the instruments of monarchical power.’
    2. 1.2literary A celestial body.
      • ‘Giant rolling reddish clouds meandered over his head, and a pale yellow orb hung high in the sky.’
      • ‘She turned towards the door, her eyes still wide as moons and her face as pale as the orb itself.’
      • ‘When the Earth is at its mean distance from the Sun, the solar orb has an apparent angular diameter of 0.533 degrees.’
      • ‘Getting up, Sean eyed the full moon, the pale orb hiding behind a mask of clouds.’
      • ‘But the sun was setting very early these days, and with the dense clouds overhead, that pale orb might as well not even be there.’
      celestial body, heavenly body, sun
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    3. 1.3usually orbsliterary An eyeball; an eye.
      • ‘She looked into his eyes again, pale grey orbs that look almost white.’
      • ‘He was gazing at me through squinting grey eyes, rather than deep brown orbs.’
      • ‘Just by looking into those soulful orbs, I saw that this grizzled woodsman carried the weight of the modern world on his shoulders.’
      • ‘Emma felt uneasy under the close observation of those pale blue orbs and hastily looked away.’
      • ‘Sometimes I get busted, I blush and avert my orbs.’
      organ of sight, eyeball
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    4. 1.4Astrology A circle of up to 10° radius around the position of a celestial object.
      ‘within an orb of 1° of Mars’
      • ‘A smaller orb of 4° is similarly applied to the sextile, with 2° applied to the remaining, minor aspects.’
      • ‘He refers to the orbs as the circles, radiations or beams of the planets ‘through which they may be joined by either corporal conjunction or aspect’.’
      • ‘The orb depends on the individual astrologer, but typically it is 6 or 8 degrees.’
      • ‘A minority group of astrologers, notably the famous Marathi astrologer, Katveji recommended using tighter orbs when examining sade-sati.’
      • ‘An orb of only 1 degree should be allowed for progressions.’

verb

[with object]literary
  • 1Encircle; enclose.

    1. 1.1 Form (something) into an orb; make circular or globular.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a circle): from Latin orbis ‘ring’.

Pronunciation

orb

/ɔrb//ôrb/