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satellite

sat·el·lite

satellite

 
pronunciation:
sae t laIt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a heavenly body that revolves around a planet or other larger body; moon.
definition 2: a man-made object that is sent into orbit around a planet or other heavenly body, usu. to gather or relay information.
 
definition 3: a country that is controlled or strongly influenced by another, more powerful country.
definition 4: a person who is subservient to or dominated by another person; follower.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of, relating to, or comprising a satellite.
derivation: satellitic (adj.)
Word History
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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