#AtoZChallenge Orbit Definitions & Origins


A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Orbit Definitions & Origins

I originally set out to illustrate the uses of the word ORBIT within the sci-fi genre. However, as I conducted my research on this topic, I discovered that the word ORBIT is used in many different contexts. Therefore, I had to better understand the definitions and uses of this word in order to better understand the different contexts.

What are the definitions for the word ORBIT?

The word ORBIT has many different definitions and can be used as a different term depending on which science discipline it is associated with. The terms are associated with the following science disciplines: Anatomy, Astronomy and Physics. Below are the various definitions of the word ORBIT from from Merriam-Webster online dictionary and the science discipline the term is associated with:

Definition 1 of the word ORBIT refers to a term used in Anatomy.
Anatomy Definition (noun): the bony socket of the eye
Origin of ORBIT: Middle English, from Medieval Latin orbita, from Latin, rut, track, probably from orbis.
First Known Use: 15th century, unknown

Definition 2 of the word ORBIT refers to three terms used in Astronomy.
Astronomy Definition 2a (noun): a path described by one body in its revolution about another (as by the earth about the sun or by an electron about an atomic nucleus); also: one complete revolution of a body describing such a path.
Astronomy Definition 2b (noun): A circular path.
Astronomy Definition 2c (noun): A range or sphere of activity or influence
Origin of ORBIT: Latin orbita path, rut, orbit
First Known Use: 1696, Most likely first used in this context by either Edmund Halley or Issac Newton

Definition 3 of the word ORBIT refers to three terms used in Physics.
Physics Definition 3a (transitive verb): to revolve in an orbit around: circle
Physics Definition 3b (transitive verb): to send up and make revolve in an orbit.
Physics Definition 3c (intransitive verb): to travel in a circle.
First Known Use of this term of ORBIT: 1943, most likely first used in this context by Werner Heisenberg

Finally, I have the appropriate definitions, origins and the different uses of the word ORBIT. I can now continue the research on how the word ORBIT is used within the context of the science fiction genre and I will post the results when completed. I hope you will look forward to this as much as I am in conducting the research.

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About Patty Hammond

I am a self proclaimed fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for a consulting firm. You can find me on Twitter as @pattybones2 or @Everyday_Fangrl

3 responses to “#AtoZChallenge Orbit Definitions & Origins”

  1. rinellegrey says :

    You know, I hadn’t even thought of these different definitions of the word, but Orbit has a lot of meanings!

    One Thousand and One Parsecs had an excellent post on orbits in Sci-fi today. Might be a good place to start some research?

    Rinelle Grey

  2. Tyrean (@TyreanMartinson) says :

    That’s fascinating. I didn’t know about the first set of definitions.

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