sat·​el·​lite | \ ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt How to pronounce satellite (audio) \

Definition of satellite

1 : a hired agent or obsequious follower : minion, sycophant
2a : a celestial body orbiting another of larger size
b : a manufactured object or vehicle intended to orbit the earth, the moon, or another celestial body
3 : someone or something attendant, subordinate, or dependent especially : a country politically and economically dominated or controlled by another more powerful country
4 : a usually independent urban community situated near but not immediately adjacent to a large city

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Other Words from satellite

satellite adjective

Examples of satellite in a Sentence

Satellites help meteorologists predict the weather. Images of the planet are sent by satellite.

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Cavoto also has an office at 948 W. Madison St. in the West Loop and a satellite office in Arizona. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: Simply Slices opens in Mokena; America's Dog and Burger opens in Evergreen park," 4 June 2019 Orbital Insight’s analysis of satellite images shows a decline of about 620,000 barrels at U.S. Citgo refineries since Jan. 28. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Venezuelan Oil Supplies Hit Five-Year High as Buyers Become Elusive," 21 Feb. 2019 Wolfe Herd sits just apart and is being videoed for satellite offices—about 30 employees work outside of Texas, in cities like New York, Paris, Mexico City, London, and Sydney—to watch her answer anonymous questions submitted by employees. Daphne Beal, Marie Claire, "Whitney Wolfe Herd Has Big Plans for Bumble in 2019," 20 Sep. 2018 The foster care agency, headquartered in Fullerton in Southern California with a satellite office in Citrus Heights, is one of about a dozen across the country that specializes in caring for unaccompanied immigrant minors. Anita Chabria And Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Where do kids separated from parents at border go? Some are in California," 19 June 2018 Isaac Elliott, a senior security engineer for Alias Forensics, an IT security and digital forensics company with a satellite office in Kansas City, recommended not just a reboot but a hard reset of devices. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Your router may have been hacked by 'foreign actors', FBI KC says. Here's what to do," 29 May 2018 While parts of the Bay Area shudder at the thought of more people and traffic, some cities are happy to have Facebook’s satellite offices. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Facebook is outgrowing its hometown. Where will it go next?," 26 May 2018 That’s why Michii wanted a satellite office, the first of its kind for the Japanese consulate. Jon Chesto,, "Retired SJC justice Bob Cordy is still busy writing his next chapter," 21 May 2018 The fourth Electron vehicle offered a dedicated launch for NASA's small-satellite program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of satellite

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satellite

Middle French, from Latin satellit-, satelles attendant

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English Language Learners 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.


sat·​el·​lite | \ ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt How to pronounce satellite (audio) \

Kids Definition of satellite

1 : a smaller body that revolves around a planet
2 : an object or vehicle sent out from the earth to revolve around the earth, moon, sun, or a planet


sat·​el·​lite | \ ˈsat-ᵊl-ˌīt How to pronounce satellite (audio) \

Medical Definition of satellite

1 : a short segment separated from the main body of a chromosome by a constriction

called also trabant

2 : the secondary or later member of a chain of gregarines
3 : a bodily structure lying near or associated with another (as a vein accompanying an artery)
4 : a smaller lesion accompanying a main one and situated nearby
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)

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satellite adjective

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