The moon is a satellite of the Earth.
- An example of satellite is the moon.
- An example of satellite is a smaller writing center located a few buildings away from the main one.
- An example of satellite is Sputnik I.
- a follower or attendant attached to a prince or other person of importance
- any obsequious or fawning follower or dependent
- a celestial body that revolves around a larger celestial body
- a man-made object rocketed into orbit around the earth, the moon, etc.; specif., such an object containing electronic devices for originating or relaying communications, data, etc.
- something subordinate or dependent; specif., a small state that is economically or politically dependent on, and hence adjusts its policies to, a larger, more powerful state
Origin of satelliteFrench from Classical Latin satelles (gen. satellitis), an attendant, guard from Etruscan
- An object launched to orbit Earth or another celestial body, as a device for reflecting or relaying radio signals or for capturing images.
- Astronomy A celestial body, such as a moon, planet, comet, or other solar system body, that orbits a larger body.
- A small unit in a system or organization that is managed or controlled by a larger, often centrally located unit.
- A nation dominated politically and economically by another nation.
- An urban or suburban community located near a big city.
- a. One who attends a powerful dignitary; a subordinate.b. A subservient follower; a sycophant.
- Genetics A short segment of a chromosome separated from the rest by a constriction, typically associated with the formation of a nucleolus.
- Microbiology A colony of microorganisms whose growth in culture medium is enhanced by certain substances produced by another colony in its proximity.
- Of, relating to, or being a satellite.
- Of or relating to the transmission of electromagnetic signals by communications satellite: satellite broadcasting; satellite phone.
Origin of satelliteFrench hanger-on, hireling from Old French from Latin satelles satellit-
- A moon or other smaller body orbiting a larger one. [from 17th c.]
- The Moon is a natural satellite of the Earth.
- A spent upper stage is a derelict satellite.
- A man-made apparatus designed to be placed in orbit around a celestial body, generally to relay information, data etc. to Earth. [from 20th c.]
- Many telecommunication satellites orbit at 36000km above the equator.
- A country, state, office, building etc. which is under the jurisdiction, influence, or domination of another body. [from 19th c.]
- (now rare) An attendant on an important person; a member of someone's retinue, often in a somewhat derogatory sense; a henchman. [from 16th c.]
- (colloquial, uncountable) Satellite TV; reception of television broadcasts via services that utilize man-made satellite technology. [from 20th c.]
- Do you have satellite at your house?
The man-made telecommunication objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon.
satellite - Computer Definition
From the Latin satelles, meaning attendant. 1. A attendant celestial body that revolves or is intended to revolve around a larger celestial body. For example, a planet orbits a sun and a moon orbits a planet. The Earth's moon orbits the Earth. Actually, that's not quite true. The moon and the Earth orbit each other as they both revolve around their common center of gravity. As the Earth is the larger of the two and, therefore, exerts more gravitational force, the moon does most of the revolving. 2. A manmade object that orbits the Earth or some other celestial body. Satellites in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) are placed in orbital slots such that they maintain their positions relative to the Earth's surface. Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) and Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites do not. See also GEO, LEO, and MEO.