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satellite

sat·el·lite

satellite

 
 
pronunciation:
sae t laIt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a heavenly body that moves around a planet or another larger body.
The moon is a satellite of Earth.
definition 2: a spacecraft that is sent into orbit around a planet or other heavenly body to gather or send back information.
 
definition 3: a country that is controlled by another, more powerful country.
derivation: satellitic (adj.)
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Satellite comes from a Latin word that means "someone who attends a person of importance." In the 1600s, the moons that revolve around planets were first referred to as "satellites."
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