satellite dish


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lucas now reportedly faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and shooting under the influence after authorities said their investigation has discredited his claim that the bullet ricocheted off a satellite dish, per the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2022 Starlink are small, easy-to-use satellite dishes made by Elon Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX. Julia Jones, CNN, 16 Mar. 2023 Currently, the island relies on a single satellite dish to maintain a single 40-megabit-per-second link shared among the island’s 4,500 inhabitants. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Dec. 2021 Users typically purchase time as needed and receive a pin code for access within a few hundred yards from the satellite dish. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2023 Enlarge / SpaceX Starlink satellite dish at Pelican Beach on Willard Bay Reservoir in Willard, Utah, in October 2022. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2022 Other Twitter users quickly replied to Taylor’s post, including Nico Thirion, who posted a photo of a bird hanging out on a satellite dish. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Jan. 2022 The polite young customer service agent at the Dish Network call center in Queens spoke English and Portuguese, so when Brazilian immigrants had trouble with their billing or their satellite dish, their calls would be routed his way. Ellen Yan, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2022 Unlike a fiber-optic connection, the portable satellite dish in Starlink kits communicates with a constellation of satellites that beam internet data to and from ground stations. David S. Cloud, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of satellite dish was in 1962

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“Satellite dish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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satellite dish

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