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[suhb-awr-bi-tl] /sʌbˈɔr bɪ tl/
(of a spacecraft) not in orbit; not achieving an altitude and velocity resulting in a ballistic trajectory circling the earth at least once.
Anatomy. situated below the orbit of the eye.
Origin of suborbital
1815-25; sub- + orbital Unabridged
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  • They have yielded a wealth of advances, including precision timepieces, unpickable locks and private suborbital joyrides.
  • suborbital and orbital development activity is thriving.
  • Others envision space planes handling a variety of tasks from rapid package delivery to suborbital microgravity experiments.
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  • With a suborbital launch it is harder to tell where launch ends and reentry begins.
British Dictionary definitions for suborbital


(of a rocket, missile, etc) having a flight path that is less than one complete orbit of the earth or other celestial body
(anatomy) situated beneath the orbit of the eye
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suborbital in Medicine

suborbital sub·or·bit·al (sŭb-ôr'bĭ-tl)
Situated on or below the floor of the orbit of the eye. n.
A suborbital part, such as a bone, nerve, or cartilage.

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