Definitions for Satelliteˈsæt lˌaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sat•el•liteˈsæt lˌaɪt(n.)

  1. a natural body that revolves around a planet; moon.

    Category: Astronomy

  2. a device designed to be launched into orbit around the earth, another planet, the sun, etc.

    Category: Aerospace

  3. a country under the domination or influence of another.

    Category: Government

  4. something that depends on, accompanies, or is subordinate to something else.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. a place or facility physically separated from but associated with or dependent on another place or facility.

  6. an attendant or follower of another person, often subservient or obsequious in manner.

  7. (adj.)of or constituting a satellite.

  8. subordinate to another authority, outside power, or the like.

    Category: Government

Origin of satellite:

1540–50; < L satellit-, s. of satelles attendant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. satellite, artificial satellite, orbiter(noun)

    man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon

  2. satellite, planet(noun)

    a person who follows or serves another

  3. satellite(adj)

    any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star

  4. satellite(verb)

    surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power

    "a city and its satellite communities"

  5. satellite(verb)

    broadcast or disseminate via satellite

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. satellite(noun)ˈsæt lˌaɪt

    a space vehicle that travels around Earth sending signals around the world

    a telecommunications satellite

Wiktionary

  1. satellite(Noun)

    An attendant on an important person; a member of someone's retinue, often in a somewhat derogatory sense; a henchman.

  2. satellite(Noun)

    A moon or other smaller body orbiting a larger one.

  3. satellite(Noun)

    A country, state, office, building etc. which is under the jurisdiction, influence, or domination of another body.

  4. satellite(Noun)

    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.

  5. satellite(Noun)

    Satellite TV; reception of television broadcasts via services that utilize man-made satellite technology.

    Do you have satellite at your house?

  6. Origin: From satellite, from satelles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Satellite(noun)

    an attendant attached to a prince or other powerful person; hence, an obsequious dependent

  2. Satellite(noun)

    a secondary planet which revolves about another planet; as, the moon is a satellite of the earth. See Solar system, under Solar

  3. Satellite(adj)

    situated near; accompanying; as, the satellite veins, those which accompany the arteries

Freebase

  1. Satellite

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Satellite' in Nouns Frequency: #1739


Translations for Satellite

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

satellite(noun)

a smaller body that revolves around a planet

The Moon is a satellite of the Earth.

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