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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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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After Hurricane Dorian swept through, satellite images showed these cays were largely underwater. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "As a Bahamas school prepares to reopen, a teacher is still on search and rescue," 10 Sep. 2019 The United States considers satellite launches a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to shun the development of ballistic missiles that could be equipped with nuclear weapons. Washington Post, "U.S. sanctions Iran’s space agency over satellite program," 4 Sep. 2019 Its low pressure of 911 millibars tops Hurricane Andrew’s pressure in 1992, and it’s been maintaining a shockingly uniform shape as satellite images have shown, report the Washington Post’s Jason Samenow and Ian Livingston. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Hurricane Dorian Batters the Bahamas Before Barreling Along the U.S. Coast," 4 Sep. 2019 Iran acknowledged for the first time Monday that an explosion had occurred at a satellite launch site in the country’s north after images of the aftermath of the blast circulated last week. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran acknowledges launch blast, days after Trump shares revealing image," 2 Sep. 2019 Iran was thought to be preparing for another satellite launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Iranian launch failure, SpaceX rideshare business booming," 30 Aug. 2019 Iranian satellite launches had been anticipated before the end of the year. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Satellite photos show apparent rocket explosion Iranian launch pad," 29 Aug. 2019 Iranian satellite launches had been anticipated before the end of the year. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Satellite images suggest Iranian rocket blew up on launch pad," 29 Aug. 2019 The company’s current revenue streams are decidedly more terrestrial in nature — satellite launches for commercial and government customers and supply runs for NASA to the International Space Station. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX Starhopper rocket takes a bigger hop as Elon Musk prepares for Mars," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of satellite

circa 1520, 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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satellite adjective

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