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noun sat·el·lite \ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt\

Simple Definition of satellite

  • : an object (such as a moon) that moves around a much larger planet

  • : a machine that is sent into space and that moves around the earth, moon, sun, or a planet

  • : a country, organization, etc., that is controlled by a larger and more powerful country, organization, etc.

Full Definition of satellite

  1. 1 :  a hired agent or obsequious follower :  minion, sycophant

  2. 2a :  a celestial body orbiting another of larger sizeb :  a manufactured object or vehicle intended to orbit the earth, the moon, or another celestial body

  3. 3 :  someone or something attendant, subordinate, or dependent; especially :  a country politically and economically dominated or controlled by another more powerful country

  4. 4 :  a usually independent urban community situated near but not immediately adjacent to a large city

  5. 5 :  direct broadcast satellite

satellite adjective

Examples of satellite

  1. Satellites help meteorologists predict the weather.

  2. Images of the planet are sent by satellite.

Origin of satellite

Middle French, from Latin satellit-, satelles attendant

First Known Use: circa 1548

Rhymes with satellite

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SATELLITE Defined for Kids


noun sat·el·lite \ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt\

Definition of satellite

  1. 1 :  a smaller body that revolves around a planet

  2. 2 :  an object or vehicle sent out from the earth to revolve around the earth, moon, sun, or a planet

Medical Dictionary


noun sat·el·lite \ˈsat-əl-ˌīt\

Medical Definition of satellite

  1. 1:  a short segment separated from the main body of a chromosome by a constriction—called also trabant

  2. 2:  the secondary or later member of a chain of gregarines

  3. 3:  a bodily structure lying near or associated with another (as a vein accompanying an artery)

  4. 4:  a smaller lesion accompanying a main one and situated nearby

  5. 5:  a spectral line of low intensity having a frequency close to that of another stronger line to which it is closely related (as by having a common energy level)

  6. satellite adjective

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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