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Synonyms of 'orbit'

(noun) 
Definition
the curved path followed by something, such as a heavenly body or spacecraft, in its motion around another body
the point at which the planet's orbit is closest to the sun
Synonyms
path
A group of reporters blocked his path.
The tornado wrecked everything in its path.
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course
For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
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track
following the track of a hurricane
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cycle
the necessary cycle of birth, growth, decay and death
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circle
She moved only in the most exalted circles.
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revolution
The gear drives a wheel 1/10th revolution per cycle.
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passage
They elbowed a passage through the shoppers.
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rotation
the daily rotation of the earth upon its axis
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trajectory
the trajectory of an artillery shell
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ellipse
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circumgyration
(noun) 
Definition
a range or sphere of action or influence
Cora dazzled all who came within her orbit.
Synonyms
sphere of influence
the British or American spheres of influence
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reach
The elite are no longer beyond the reach of the law.
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range
The trees on the mountain within my range of vision had all been felled.
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province
Opera remained largely the province of the aristocracy.
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scope
the scope of a novel
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sphere
the sphere of international politics
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domain
This sort of information should be in the public domain.
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compass
Within the compass of a book of this size, such a comprehensive survey is not practicable.
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ambit
medicines which fall outside the ambit of the price-fixing agreement
(verb) 
Definition
to move around (a heavenly body) in an orbit
the first satellite to orbit the Earth
Synonyms
circle
This is the ring road that circles the city.
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ring
The area is ringed by troops.
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go round
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compass
The Christians fled when they saw the city being compassed with armies.
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revolve around
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encircle
A forty-foot-high concrete wall encircles the jail.
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gird
a proposal to gird the river with a series of small hydroelectric dams
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circumnavigate

Additional synonyms

in the sense of ambit
Definition
limits or boundary
medicines which fall outside the ambit of the price-fixing agreement
Synonyms
in the sense of circumscribe
Definition
to draw a geometric figure around (another figure) so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
in the sense of compass
Definition
limits or range
Within the compass of a book of this size, such a comprehensive survey is not practicable.

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