What does satellite mean?

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ˈsæt lˌaɪtsatel·lite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. satellite, artificial satellite, orbiternoun

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

  2. satellite, planetnoun

    a person who follows or serves another

  3. satelliteadjective

    any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star

  4. satelliteverb

    surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power

    "a city and its satellite communities"

  5. satelliteverb

    broadcast or disseminate via satellite

Wiktionary

  1. satellitenoun

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

  2. satellitenoun

    A moon or other smaller body orbiting a larger one.

  3. satellitenoun

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

  4. satellitenoun

    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. satellitenoun

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

    Do you have satellite at your house?

  6. Etymology: From satellite, from satelles.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Satellitenoun

    A small planet revolving round a larger.

    Etymology: satelles, Lat. satellite, Fr.

    Four moons move about Jupiter, and five about Saturn, called their satellites. John Locke.

    The smallest planets are situated nearest the sun and each other; whereas Jupiter and Saturn, that are vastly greater, and have many satellites about them, are wisely removed to the extreme regions of the system. Richard Bentley.

    Ask of yonder argent fields above,
    Why Jove’s satellites are less than Jove? Alexander Pope.

Wikipedia

  1. Satellite

    A satellite or artificial satellite is an object intentionally placed into orbit in outer space. Satellites have a variety of uses, including communication relay, weather forecasting, navigation (GPS), broadcasting, scientific research, and Earth observation. Additional military uses are reconnaissance, early warning, signals intelligence and, potentially, weapon delivery. Other satellites include the final rocket stages that placed satellites in orbit and formerly useful satellites that are now defunct. Except for passive satellites, most satellites have an electricity generation system for equipment on board, such as solar panels or radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs). Most satellites also have a method of communication to ground stations, called transponders. Many satellites use a standardized bus to save cost and work, the most popular of which is small CubeSats. Similar satellites can work together as a group, forming constellations. Because of the high launch cost to space, satellites are designed to be as lightweight and robust as possible. Most communication satellites are radio relay stations in orbit and carry dozens of transponders, each with a bandwidth of tens of megahertz. Satellites are placed from the surface to orbit by launch vehicles, high enough to avoid orbital decay by the atmosphere. Satellites can then change or maintain the orbit by propulsion, usually by chemical or ion thrusters. In 2018, about 90% of satellites orbiting Earth are in low Earth orbit or geostationary orbit; geostationary means the satellites stay still at the sky. Some imaging satellites chose a Sun-synchronous orbit because they can scan the entire globe with similar lighting. As the number of satellites and space debris around Earth increases, the threat of collision has become more severe. A small number of satellites orbit other bodies (such as the Moon, Mars, and the Sun) or many bodies at once (two for a halo orbit, three for a Lissajous orbit). Earth observation satellites gather information for reconnaissance, mapping, monitoring the weather, ocean, forest, etc. Space telescopes take advantage of outer space's near perfect vacuum to observe objects with the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Because satellites can see a large portion of the Earth at once, communications satellites can relay information to remote places. The signal delay from satellites and their orbit's predictability are used in satellite navigation systems, such as GPS. Space probes are satellites designed for robotic space exploration outside of Earth, and space stations are in essence crewed satellites. The first artificial satellite to be launched into the Earth's orbit was the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957.

ChatGPT

  1. satellite

    A satellite is an object that orbits or revolves around another larger object in space. This object can be natural, like a moon orbiting a planet, or man-made, like a spacecraft or space station orbiting the Earth. Satellites are used for various purposes, including communication, weather monitoring, navigation, and scientific research.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Satellitenoun

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

  2. Satellitenoun

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

  3. Satelliteadjective

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

  4. Etymology: [F., fr. L. satelles, -itis, an attendant.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Satellite

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. satellite

    A type of device, technology and equipment created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes, styles, technology, software, connections and network.

    The satellite broadband worked efficiently.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of satellite in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of satellite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of satellite in a Sentence

  1. Mohamed Elkoosy:

    The Satellite will provide Egypt with a parallel communications network alongside the current land network and a strong telecommunications infrastructure, the growth of the economy depends on a strong communication network.

  2. Josef Aschbacher:

    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.

  3. Paul Benishek:

    MUOS works like a smartphone network in space, vastly improving secure satellite communications for mobile users.

  4. Dana Goward:

    When GPS/GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) fail, transportation is impacted immediately. It slows down, becomes more dangerous, and every mode can carry less capacity, as short-term backup clocks start to desynchronize with each other ... cell phone towers start to fail, IT networks slow down or fail, financial systems are impacted, management of the electrical grid becomes problematic. That is the really scary part.

  5. Steven Wright:

    Every now and then I like to lean out my window, look up and smile for a satellite picture.

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