Satellite Definition

sătl-īt
satellites
noun
satellites
A follower or attendant attached to a prince or other person of importance.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
A celestial body that revolves around a larger celestial body.
Webster's New World
A small unit in a system or organization that is managed or controlled by a larger, often centrally located unit.
American Heritage
A nation dominated politically and economically by another nation.
American Heritage
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adjective
Of, relating to, or being a satellite.
American Heritage
Of or relating to the transmission of electromagnetic signals by communications satellite.
Satellite broadcasting; satellite phone.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Satellite

Noun

Singular:
satellite
Plural:
satellites

Origin of Satellite

  • From Middle French satellite, from Latin satelles (“attendant"). Ultimately perhaps of Etruscan origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • French hanger-on, hireling from Old French from Latin satelles satellit-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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