September 13, 2016
orbit (verb)
\OR-bit\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to move in an orbit around : circle2 : to send up so as to move in an orbit
How do you use it?
The moon orbits the Earth while the Earth orbits the sun.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is the year when the first known printed use of the word "orbit" appeared as it's defined above?

It would be very difficult to watch heavenly bodies orbit while you scuba dive, but 1943 is the year that joins these two activities together. People used "orbit" as a noun long before that, though, with the meaning "the curved path that something, such as a moon or satellite, follows as it goes around something else, such as a planet." Our earliest evidence of the noun is from 1696! "Orbit" comes from the Latin word "orbita," meaning "path, rut, track."
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