satellite

A satellite is something small or less powerful that orbits around something bigger. It often describes a body in space, such as an artificial satellite that orbits the Earth and beams down signals that power devices like cell phones.

The word satellite was first used to describe a follower of someone in a superior position. The word's meaning later broadened to describe anything small that's dependent on something larger. The small satellite circles around the more powerful force, like a moon orbiting a planet. Satellite can describe a small country — a satellite country — controlled by a larger one, or a large organization that has a small office — a satellite office — in another location.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: satellite

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n
any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
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nv
man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
broadcast or disseminate via satellite
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adjn
surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power
a person who follows or serves another
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: satellite
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n any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star

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Deimos
the outer of two small satellites of Mars
Moon
the natural satellite of the Earth
Phobos
the larger of the two satellites of Mars
Titan
the largest of the satellites of Saturn; has a hazy nitrogen atmosphere
Callisto
the second largest of Jupiter's satellites
Europa
the 4th largest of Jupiter's satellites; covered with a smooth shell of frozen water
Ganymede
the largest of Jupiter's satellites
Io
the closest of Jupiter's moons; has active volcanoes
Triton
the largest moon of Neptune
Types:
Galilean, Galilean satellite
one of the four satellites of Jupiter that were discovered by Galileo
moon
any natural satellite of a planet
Type of:
celestial body, heavenly body
natural objects visible in the sky
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n man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon

Synonyms:
artificial satellite, orbiter
Examples:
Salyut
either of two Soviet space stations launched in the 1970s
Skylab
United States space station; in orbit from 1973 to 1979
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astronomy satellite
a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
communications satellite
an artificial satellite that relays signals back to earth; moves in a geostationary orbit
ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft
a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
space laboratory, space platform, space station
a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research
sputnik
a Russian artificial satellite
spy satellite
a satellite with sensors to detect nuclear explosions
meteorological satellite, weather satellite
a satellite that transmits frequent picture of the earth below
lander
a space vehicle that is designed to land on the moon or another planet
LEM, lunar excursion module, lunar module
a spacecraft that carries astronauts from the command module to the surface of the moon and back
capsule, space capsule
a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
space shuttle
a reusable spacecraft with wings for a controlled descent through the Earth's atmosphere
spaceship, starship
a spacecraft designed to carry a crew into interstellar space (especially in science fiction)
Type of:
equipment
an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service

v broadcast or disseminate via satellite

Type of:
air, beam, broadcast, send, transmit
broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
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adj surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power

“a city and its satellite communities”
Synonyms
outer
being on the outside or further from a center

n a person who follows or serves another

Synonyms:
planet
Type of:
follower
a person who accepts the leadership of another
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