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

Definition of satellite

1a : 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
2 : someone or something attendant, subordinate, or dependent especially : a country politically and economically dominated or controlled by another more powerful country
3 : a usually independent urban community situated near but not immediately adjacent to a large city
5 : a hired agent or obsequious follower : minion, sycophant

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The state Democratic Party has worked to increase accessibility, including adding a slew of satellite caucuses this year in hopes of expanding access. NBC News, "Iowa mosques make history," 4 Feb. 2020 The notion of a second headquarters grew out of the realization that, over the years, Amazon had opened satellite offices around the country with little rhyme or reason, according to a person close to the process. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Behind Amazon’s HQ2 fiasco, Jeff Bezos wanted incentives like Elon Musk’s," 3 Feb. 2020 For the second year in a row, the Cleveland International Film Festival will shows films at both east and west side satellite locations. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "Cleveland International Film Festival to feature east and west side satellite fests," 3 Feb. 2020 The satellite caucuses are treated as one big county. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Iowa's caucusgoers have a new place to vote: overseas," 1 Feb. 2020 Northrop Grumman also is expanding its satellite manufacturing facility at the location to nearly double production capacity by 2021. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "East Valley's aerospace, aviation and defense hub grows as Northrop Grumman expands with 200 more jobs in Gilbert," 31 Jan. 2020 Besides the Westwood One national feed as well as the Kansas City and San Francisco broadcasts, the satellite radio service will broadcast the game in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), German, French, Hungarian and Portuguese. Creg Stephenson |, al, "What time, TV channel is 2020 Super Bowl? 49ers vs. Chiefs odds, watch online," 31 Jan. 2020 Mature muscle, in both salamanders and people, contains stem cells called satellite cells. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 Iowa Democrats are adding several satellite caucuses in nursing homes and union halls in an effort to increase participation. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Haves and have-nots: Iowa front-runners jockey for lower-tier candidates’ support," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of satellite

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for satellite

Middle French, from Latin satellit-, satelles attendant

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The first known use of satellite was circa 1520

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6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Satellite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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