Satellite



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, relating 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.
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

satellite sat·el·lite (sāt’l-īt’)
n.

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.

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

satellite
(sāt’l-īt’)

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

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.

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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