sat·el·lite | \ ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt \

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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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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The show is available via pay-per-view cable and satellite providers, HONOR CLUB VIP, HONOR CLUB, FITE TV and PlayStation Network. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "ROH's Best in the World features Dalton Castle, Cody, Marty Scurll, Tenille Dashwood," 28 June 2018 And why aren’t our satellites and space probes coated in grease? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Balls," 28 June 2018 Thanks to the passion local viewers have for the teams on the RSNs, these channels long were seen as indispensable to cable and satellite TV carriers. Phil Rosenthal,, "With Disney and Comcast willing to discard Fox's RSNs, Cubs must wonder value of channel," 26 June 2018 The cable, satellite and telco distribution deal with MGM Television will see AXS TV start recording WOW league events in Los Angeles later this year for broadcast beginning early 2019. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'WOW — Women Of Wrestling' Series Sells to AXS TV (Exclusive)," 18 June 2018 In the dash, standard is a premium Meridian 380-watt audio system with satellite and HD radio, with an eight-inch touch screen and SD-card navigation system. star-telegram, "Jaguar introduces the XF Sportbrakefor 2018, bringing a wagon to the U.S.," 17 June 2018 Major cable, satellite, and phone companies are bulking up with purchases of entertainment conglomerates to compete against rivals such as Amazon and Google. Marcy Gordon And Mae Anderson, The Christian Science Monitor, "AT&T-Time Warner deal could open floodgates for megamergers," 13 June 2018 The 80 scientists who put together the report, published in Nature, compiled their results by measuring ice loss in 24 different ways that relied on satellites, computer simulations, and measurements taken on the ground. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Antarctica Is Melting Three Times Faster Than a Decade Ago," 13 June 2018 The move would turn Apple’s TV app into a hub for finding and watching content without being tied to cable or satellite services. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Eyes Drones as 6.5-Inch iPhone Comes Into Focus," 12 May 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 \

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 \

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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