|1.||a celestial body orbiting around a planet or star: the earth is a satellite of the sun|
|2.||See also communications satellite Also called: artificial satellite a man-made device orbiting around the earth, moon, or another planet transmitting to earth scientific information or used for communication|
|3.||a person, esp one who is obsequious, who follows or serves another|
|4.||a country or political unit under the domination of a foreign power|
|5.||a subordinate area or community that is dependent upon a larger adjacent town or city|
|6.||(modifier) subordinate to or dependent upon another: a satellite nation|
|7.||(modifier) of, used in, or relating to the transmission of television signals from a satellite to the house: a satellite dish aerial|
|8.||(tr) to transmit by communications satellite|
|[C16: from Latin satelles an attendant, probably of Etruscan origin]|
satellite sat·el·lite (sāt'l-īt')
A minor structure accompanying a more important or larger one.
A short segment of a chromosome separated from the rest by a constriction, typically associated with the formation of a nucleolus.
|satellite (sāt'l-īt') Pronunciation Key
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Any object in orbit about some body capable of exerting a gravitational (see gravitation) force. Artificial satellites in orbit around the Earth have many uses, including relaying communication signals, making accurate surveys and inventories of the Earth's surface and weather patterns, and carrying out scientific experiments.