Definition of satellite
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 : 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
Examples of satellite in a Sentence
Satellites help meteorologists predict the weather.
Images of the planet are sent by satellite.
Origin and Etymology of satellite
Middle French, from Latin satellit-, satelles attendant
First Known Use: circa 1548See Words from the same year
SATELLITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of satellite for English Language Learners
: 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.
SATELLITE Defined for Kids
Definition of satellite for Students
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
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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