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orbiter

[awr-bi-ter] /ˈɔr bɪ tər/
noun, U.S. Aerospace.
1.
Also called space shuttle orbiter. the crew- and payload-carrying component of the space shuttle.
2.
a space probe designed to orbit a planetary body or moon.
Compare lander.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism; orbit + -er1
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  • The orbiter will require six years to reach its destination.
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British Dictionary definitions for orbiter

orbiter

/ˈɔːbɪtə/
noun
1.
a spacecraft or satellite designed to orbit a planet or other body without landing on it Compare lander
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Word Origin and History for orbiter
954

agent noun from orbit (v.).

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