satellite dish


Definition of satellite dish 

: a microwave dish for receiving usually television transmissions from an orbiting satellite

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The state House of Representatives voted 83-61 to create a task force to study the best ways to prevent having too many satellite dishes on the roofs of homes. Christopher Keating,, "House Votes on Satellite Dishes, Horseshoe Crabs," 11 Apr. 2018 This feature is great for telescopes and satellite dishes, but not so great when those mirrors are sitting in your car. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Leave a Parabolic Mirror in Your Car," 25 July 2018 Image Over the years, the Shabab, a terrorist group in East Africa that has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, have banned music, cinemas, satellite dishes and humanitarian organizations. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Al Qaeda-Backed Terrorist Group Has a New Target: Plastic Bags," 4 July 2018 According to Lulu Chang of Digital Trends, wireless transmitters will be installed in church spires and towers, and the buildings will also be decked out with aerials, satellite dishes and fiber cables. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "How Churches Are Improving Wi-Fi Access in Rural England," 20 Feb. 2018 The message from Hawking is accompanied by a musical piece written by Greek composer Vangelis, best known for the Oscar-winning score to the film Chariots of Fire and was broadcast by a European Space Agency satellite dish in Cebreros, Spain. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Message From Stephen Hawking Is On Its Way to a Black Hole," 15 June 2018 Others said the ban was destined to fail — just like a nominal ban on satellite dishes, to keep out foreign television channels, is very rarely enforced. Shashank Bengali,, "What if your favorite app got banned? That's becoming a reality for millions in Iran," 8 Apr. 2018 After the service, Hawking's words, set to music by Greek composer Vangelis, were being beamed into space from a European Space Agency satellite dish in Spain. NBC News, "Stephen Hawking's ashes buried in Westminster Abbey," 15 June 2018 Residents complained about unsightliness, clustering and abandoned satellite dishes, which prompted the city ordinance, Roh said. Erin Arvedlund,, "Satellite dish ban in Philly struck down by FCC decision," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of satellite dish

1978, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of satellite dish

: a device that is shaped like a large dish and that receives television signals from a satellite high above the earth

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Kids Definition of satellite dish

: a bowl-shaped antenna for receiving transmissions (as of television programs) from a satellite orbiting the earth

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