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satellite

[sat-l-ahyt] /ˈsæt lˌaɪt/
noun
1.
Astronomy. a natural body that revolves around a planet; a moon.
2.
a country under the domination or influence of another.
3.
something, as a branch office or an off-campus facility of a university, that depends on, accompanies, or serves something else.
4.
an attendant or follower of another person, often subservient or obsequious in manner.
5.
a device designed to be launched into orbit around the earth, another planet, the sun, etc.
adjective
6.
of, pertaining to, or constituting a satellite:
the nation's new satellite program.
7.
using an earth-orbiting satellite to transmit communications signals; transmitted or broadcast by satellite:
satellite radio and TV.
8.
subordinate to another authority, outside power, or the like:
summoned to a conference of satellite nations.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; 1955-60 for def 2; < Latin satellit- (stem of satelles) attendant, member of bodyguard or retinue
Related forms
satellited, adjective
Synonyms
4. follower, supporter, companion, associate; lackey, parasite, sycophant, toady, flunky.
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Examples for satellite
  • However, this could make the missile crucially dependent on a satellite system itself highly vulnerable to enemy action.
  • Live broadcasts have started up on satellite radio, and digital relays are planned for movie theatres around the country.
  • There was a small generator and a satellite hookup for television.
  • Its paths led to sculpture gardens and satellite patios tucked beneath shade trees.
  • satellite communities are no longer culturally out in space.
  • At any given time, almost nobody is there-but satellite photos show that the island itself always remains.
  • The new realistic action simulator satellite tv system gets a great picture.
  • Amateur satellite spotters can track everything government spymasters blast into orbit.
  • But add some false color produced by satellite sensors, and the result is stunning.
  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, digital satellite imagery could inspire tomes' worth of new environmental policies.
British Dictionary definitions for satellite

satellite

/ˈsætəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a celestial body orbiting around a planet or star the earth is a satellite of the sun
2.
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 See also communications satellite
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
verb
8.
(transitive) to transmit by communications satellite
Word Origin
C16: from Latin satelles an attendant, probably of Etruscan origin
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Word Origin and History for satellite
satellite
1548, "follower or attendant of a superior person," from M.Fr. satellite (14c.), from L. satellitem (nom. satelles) "attendant," perhaps from Etruscan satnal (Klein), or a compound of roots *satro- "full, enough" + *leit- "to go" (Tucker); cf. Eng. follow, which is constructed of similar roots. Meaning "planet that revolves about a larger one" first attested 1665, in reference to the moons of Jupiter, from L. satellites, which was used in this sense 1611 by Ger. astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). Galileo, who had discovered them, called them Sidera Medicæa in honor of the Medici family. Meaning "man-made machinery orbiting the Earth" first recorded 1936 as theory, 1957 as fact. Meaning "country dependent and subservient to another" is recorded from 1800.
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satellite in Medicine

satellite sat·el·lite (sāt'l-īt')
n.

  1. A minor structure accompanying a more important or larger one.

  2. A short segment of a chromosome separated from the rest by a constriction, typically associated with the formation of a nucleolus.

  3. A colony of microorganisms whose growth in culture medium is enhanced by certain substances produced by another colony in its proximity.

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satellite in Science
satellite
  (sāt'l-īt')   

  1. A small body in orbit around a larger body. See Note at moon.

  2. An object launched to orbit Earth or another celestial body. Satellites are used for research, communications, weather information, and navigation. The first artificial Earth satellite was Sputnik 1, launched by the Soviet Union in October 1957; the first successful American satellite was launched in January 1958.


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satellite in Culture

satellite definition


In politics, a nation that is dominated politically by another. The Warsaw Pact nations, other than the former Soviet Union itself, were commonly called satellites of the Soviet Union.

satellite definition


In astronomy, an object, whether natural (such as the moon) or artificial (such as a weather observation satellite), that revolves around a central body. (See under “World Politics.”)

satellite definition


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.

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