|1.||(in royal regalia) an ornamental sphere surmounted by a cross, representing the power of a sovereign|
|2.||a sphere; globe|
|3.||poetic another word for eye|
|4.||obsolete, poetic or|
|a. a celestial body, esp the earth or sun|
|b. the orbit of a celestial body|
|5.||an archaic word for circle|
|6.||to make or become circular or spherical|
|7.||(tr) an archaic word for encircle|
|[C16: from Latin orbis circle, disc]|
emblem of royal power, usually made of precious metal and jewels and consisting of a sphere surmounted by a cross. The ball as a symbol of the cosmos, or of the universe as a harmonious whole, is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative.
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