Definition of suborbital in English:

suborbital

Line breaks: sub|orbital
Pronunciation: /sʌbˈɔːbɪt(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Situated below or behind the orbit of the eye.
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  • Peripheral blood was collected using a capillary tube from suborbital veins of 5-to 6-week-old mice.
  • The most striking features described by this component are a relative deepening of the suborbital head region, shortening of the caudal peduncle, and a dorsad displacement of the pectoral fin.
  • The palatines lie between the suborbital fenestrae, with the anterior palatine processes forming a short V-shaped wedge.
2Relating to or denoting a trajectory that does not complete a full orbit of the earth or other celestial body: near the peak of the sub-orbital trajectory the booster fell away
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  • Less than 10 minutes after lift-off the payload parachuted safely back to Earth, and the suborbital flight was over.
  • Through this program, student experiments were selected in January 2002 to fly on either a NASA suborbital sounding rocket in June or a future Space Shuttle mission.
  • What kinds of unusual economic trade-offs will future suborbital and orbital spacecraft create?

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