satellite, artificial satellite, orbiter(noun)
man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
a person who follows or serves another
any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power
"a city and its satellite communities"
broadcast or disseminate via satellite
An attendant on an important person; a member of someone's retinue, often in a somewhat derogatory sense; a henchman.
A moon or other smaller body orbiting a larger one.
A country, state, office, building etc. which is under the jurisdiction, influence, or domination of another body.
A man-made apparatus designed to be placed in orbit around a celestial body, generally to relay information, data etc. to Earth.
Many telecommunication satellites orbit at 36000km above the equator.
Satellite TV; reception of television broadcasts via services that utilize man-made satellite technology.
Do you have satellite at your house?
Origin: From satellite, from satelles.
an attendant attached to a prince or other powerful person; hence, an obsequious dependent
a secondary planet which revolves about another planet; as, the moon is a satellite of the earth. See Solar system, under Solar
situated near; accompanying; as, the satellite veins, those which accompany the arteries
Origin: [F., fr. L. satelles, -itis, an attendant.]
In the context of spaceflight, a satellite is an object which has been placed into orbit by human endeavor. Such objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon. The world's first artificial satellite, the Sputnik 1, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. Since then, thousands of satellites have been launched into orbit around the Earth. Some satellites, notably space stations, have been launched in parts and assembled in orbit. Artificial satellites originate from more than 50 countries and have used the satellite launching capabilities of ten nations. A few hundred satellites are currently operational, whereas thousands of unused satellites and satellite fragments orbit the Earth as space debris. A few space probes have been placed into orbit around other bodies and become artificial satellites to the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Sun. Satellites are used for a large number of purposes. Common types include military and civilian Earth observation satellites, communications satellites, navigation satellites, weather satellites, and research satellites. Space stations and human spacecraft in orbit are also satellites. Satellite orbits vary greatly, depending on the purpose of the satellite, and are classified in a number of ways. Well-known classes include low Earth orbit, polar orbit, and geostationary orbit.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sat′el-līt, n. an obsequious follower: one of the small members of the solar system, attendant on the larger planets, by which their motions are controlled.—ns. Sat′ellite-sphinx, a large hawk-moth; Sat′ellite-vein, a vein accompanying an artery; Satelli′tium, an escort. [Fr.,—L. satelles, satellitis, an attendant.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Satellite' in Nouns Frequency: #1739
The numerical value of Satellite in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Satellite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Every now and then I like to lean out my window, look up and smile for a satellite picture.
With this decision, Europe is showing its determination to ensure that the satellite launching industry has a competitive future.
Everybody knows when a satellite is coming. They just go hide 'til the satellite goes away, but when the SR shows up, nobody knows it's there.
Currently, a satellite downloads the data that it acquires whenever it is within view of one of four ground stations on earth, that means there can be periods of 45 to 90 minutes from the visibility of one station to another.
A hundred years ago, the electric telegraph made possible - indeed, inevitable - the United States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody.
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Translations for Satellite
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- süni peykAzerbaijani
- satèl·litCatalan, Valencian
- družice, satelitCzech
- satellit, drabantDanish
- Gefolgsmann, Satellit, umkreisender Raumflugkörper, Trabant, Orbiter, BegleiterGerman
- δορυφόρος, δορυφορικήGreek
- kätyri, sivu, satelliitti, kiertolainen, sivutoimisto, tekokuu, ala-, satelliittitelkkari, nukkehallitus, sivurakennus, haarakonttori, apuri, vasallivaltioFinnish
- fo-phlannad, mac-plannadManx
- gervitungl, gervihnötturIcelandic
- 衛星, 人工衛星, 衛星放送, 従者, サテライトJapanese
- ხელოვნური თანამგზავრიGeorgian
- 위성, 衛星Korean
- waka āmiorangiMāori
- satelliet, kunstmaanDutch
- sztuczny satelitaPolish
- сателлит, спутникRussian
- umelá družicaSlovak
- yapay uydu, uyduTurkish
- 衛星, vệ tinh nhân tạo, vệ tinhVietnamese
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