Orb (?), n. [OF. orb blind, fr.
L. orbus destitute.] (Arch.) A blank window or
panel. [Obs.] Oxf. Gloss.
Orb, n. [F. orbe, fr. L.
orbis circle, orb. Cf. Orbit.]
1. A spherical body; a globe; especially, one
of the celestial spheres; a sun, planet, or star.
In the small orb of one particular
Whether the prime orb,
Incredible how swift, had thither rolled.
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.
3. A circle; esp., a circle, or nearly
circular orbit, described by the revolution of a heavenly body; an
The schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign
eccentrics, and epicycles, and such engines of
You seem to me as Dian in her orb.
In orbs Milton.
Of circuit inexpressible they stood,
Orb within orb.
4. A period of time marked off by the
revolution of a heavenly body. [R.] Milton.
5. The eye, as luminous and spherical.
A drop serene hath quenched their
6. A revolving circular body; a wheel.
The orbs Milton.
Of his fierce chariot rolled.
7. A sphere of action. [R.]
But in our orbs we'll live so round and
8. Same as Mound, a ball or globe. See
9. (Mil.) A body of soldiers drawn up
in a circle, as for defense, esp. infantry to repel
Syn. -- Globe; ball; sphere. See Globe.
Orb (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Orbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Orbing.] 1. To form into an orb or
circle. [Poetic] Milton. Lowell.
2. To encircle; to surround; to
The wheels were orbed with gold.
Orb, v. i. To become round like an
And orb into the perfect star.