nonorbiting

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orbit   (ôr'bĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
Noun  
  1. The path followed by a celestial body or artificial satellite as it revolves around another body due to the force of gravity. Orbits are nearly elliptical or circular in shape and are very closely approximated by Kepler's laws of planetary motion.

  2. One complete revolution of such a body. See Note at solar system.

  3. A stable quantum state of an electron (or other particle) in motion around an atomic nucleus. See more at orbital.

  4. Either of two bony hollows in the skull containing the eye and its associated structures.


Verb  
  1. To move in an orbit around another body.

  2. To put into an orbit, as a satellite is put into orbit around the Earth.


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