satellite

noun
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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Facebook, Amazon and others are aiming to blanket low-earth orbit with satellites to deliver fast online access anywhere, at anytime, for anyone. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Hate Your Internet Provider? Look to Space," 10 Apr. 2019 With two large satellites, Seattle will still be top cat. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "What might be behind the latest twist on Amazon’s HQ2(s)," 6 Nov. 2018 The center said the waves were measured by satellite. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence, 'storm of a lifetime,' generating 83-foot high waves as it barrels towards Carolina coast," 13 Sep. 2018 To compare the change, scientists used 6,500 images from American satellites flying over Switzerland in the past 34 years. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Switzerland Is Quickly Losing Its Snow," 13 Sep. 2018 This is especially important for satellites in low orbits around Earth, which go in and out of sight of the Sun 16 times a day. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA is prepared if a battery ever explodes in space," 17 Aug. 2018 India is now the fourth country to test anti-satellite weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "India Smashes Satellite in a Surprise Test of a New Space Weapon System," 28 Mar. 2019 Six small prototype satellites slated for launch this week amount to a light payload with weighty significance: a new vision for European space programs eclipsed by the U.S and China. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Europe Seeks Out New Frontiers in Space Race," 25 Feb. 2019 This has sparked something like a new space race, featuring satellites, high-altitude balloons, drones, even lasers. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, "The Web, Worldwide," 19 Oct. 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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satellite

noun

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.

satellite

noun
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

satellite

noun
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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