satellite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj satellite surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power "a city and its satellite communities"
    • v satellite broadcast or disseminate via satellite
    • n satellite man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
    • n satellite any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
    • n satellite a person who follows or serves another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
    • Satellite (Astron) A secondary planet which revolves about another planet; as, the moon is a satellite of the earth. See Solar system, under Solar.
    • Satellite An attendant attached to a prince or other powerful person; hence, an obsequious dependent. "The satellites of power."
    • a Satellite (Anat) Situated near; accompanying; as, the satellite veins, those which accompany the arteries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The USSR launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957.
    • n satellite A follower; particularly, a subservient or obsequious follower or attendant; a subordinate attendant.
    • n satellite An attendant moon; a small planet revolving round a larger one; a secondary planet. The earth has one satellite, the moon; Neptune is known to be accompanied by one; Mars by two; Uranus and Jupiter by four; Saturn by eight. Saturn's rings are supposed to be composed of a great multitude of minute satellites.
    • n satellite [In the above quotation the Latin plural satellites is used instead of the English plural.]
    • n satellite In geometry, a straight line bearing the following relation to another straight line. The satellite (also called the satellite line) of a given straight line, with reference to a given cubic curve in whose plane the straight line lies, is the straight line joining the three points at which the three tangents to the curve at the points of intersection of the first straight line with it again cut the curve. This is the definition of Cayley (Phil. Trans., 1857, p. 416), but it has the inconvenience that according to it every satellite line has two, four, or six primaries, while each primary has but a single satellite. For this reason, it might be well to interchange the applications of primary and satellite in the theory of plane cubics. In the diagram, ABC is the satellite line. From its intersections with the cubic curve tangents are drawn to the latter, AD, AE, BF, BG, CH, CI. The points of tangency lie three by three on four primary lines, FDH, DGI, EGH, FEI. The intersections of these with the satellite line are called the satellite points. Two are near H. The others are not shown.
    • n satellite In entomology, a satellite-sphinx.
    • n satellite There are thus 26 satellites of 6 planets, of which 25 have been discovered in modern times (since 1610) by 9 observers (Galileo 4, Cassini 4, W. Herschel 4, Lassell 3, Hall 2, Perrine 2, Pickering 2, others 1 each).
    • n satellite The point of intersection with a cubic curve of a tangent at a given point of the curve is this given point's satellite.
    • n satellite A vein accompanying an artery.
    • n satellite One of the smaller pathological formations which are associated with the primary larger one.
    • n satellite In gregarines, any member except the first in a chain-like association. Compare primite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first American satellite in orbit, Explorer I, was launched February 1, 1958.
    • n Satellite sat′el-līt an obsequious follower: one of the small members of the solar system, attendant on the larger planets, by which their motions are controlled
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. satelles, -itis, an attendant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. satelles, satellitis, an attendant.

Usage

In literature:

New stars have filled the voids in his celestial chart, and satellites are dancing round well-known planets.
"Mexico and its Religion" by Robert A. Wilson
Day had scarcely dawned when the keeper and his satellites were again on the search.
"The Poacher" by Frederick Marryat
Micky, who was in a generous mood, bought a couple of cheap cigars, of which he presented one to his satellite.
"Fame and Fortune" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
But in order to see its whole surface it was necessary to go a little beyond the edge of the satellite, on that side which faced Mars.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
Let us burn the house, with the priest and the satellites of Baal.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The satellite almost dropped from the lamp-post with excess of feeling.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Calistus } Stratocles } Satellites Periandri.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
Her husband played the part of an obscure satellite.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
I detest her and Vera Mason, too, but not half so hard as I do Miss Bean and her satellites.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
The ship swerved and headed for the Martian satellite to which he had been directed.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
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In poetry:

And thefts from satellites and rings
And broken stars I drew,
And out of spent and aged things
I formed the world anew;
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
Must time and tide forever run?
Will never my winds go sleep in the west?
Will never my wheels which whirl the sun
And satellites have rest?
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
Then, seated round the festive board,
Your track, while memory recites,
Show, by the places you've explor'd,
An orb with four bright satellites.
"Enigma VIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
All stars grew dim, all suns turned sullen red,
Waned, and went out in that victorious light—
Heaven’s mightiest star swung on a viewless thread
His mightiest satellite.
"Ad Astra" by George Essex Evans
Hush! I must hurry on--for many nights
Have I sought for the star about the sky,
And found it not amid the myriad lights,
Greater and lesser with their satellites,
Flashing confusedly upon mine eye.
"Star In The East" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

The Lutheran Hour WPOS (102.3) Sunday 7 am and on XM satellite radio dial 170 at 1 pm Host Rev.
Declassified Photos Reveal CIA's Deep-Sea Rescue of a Spy Satellite.
Top-secret documents rewrite the history of the famous satellite and the early space race.
The cobe satellite, launched in 1989, carried the study of microwaves into space and confirmed that the universe began in a hot fireball.
He urged the new administration to support deregulating phone companies and satellite operators to give them more leverage in the broadband space.
Suburbs seek satellite college campuses.
Satellite college campuses for adults who don't have time to drive across town for class aren't new.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks with Aung San Suu Kyi via satellite in New York City on September 21, 2011.
Recently we got rid of our satellite television service.
I installed a satellite dish on the roof of my condominium two years ago.
If you walk in to a satellite weigh in location tonight or at UPHS tonight during weigh in, you will NOT be charged a late fee.
A mysterious satellite falls, and Asia blacks out.
US government system, using ground sensors and satellite imagery, helped to predict this year's drought in Horn of Africa, allowing aid groups and governments to prepare relief.
NKorea says satellite 'failed to enter into orbit'.
In a scant four days this month, the surface of Greenland's ice sheet melted to an extent not witnessed in 30 years of satellite observations, NASA reported on Tuesday.
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In science:

Phase-averaged data points for Vela from different satellite experiments are indicated.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
CGRO require four different instruments on the satellite.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Following the discovery of the GRBs by the Vela satellites , the observations from the Compton satellite and BATSE had shown the isotropical distribution of the GRBs strongly suggesting a cosmological nature for their origin.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
We have just stressed how the analysis of the sole afterglow of GRB 991216 data, obtained by BATSE and the Chandra and RXTE satellites, has allowed to fix the only two free parameters of the EMBH theory.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
The cluster was observed with the CHANDRA satellite in September 2000.
The Galaxy Cluster RBS380: Xray and Optical Analysis
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