from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Astronomy A celestial body that orbits a planet; a moon.
- n. Aerospace An object launched to orbit Earth or another celestial body.
- n. A nation dominated politically and economically by another nation.
- n. An urban or suburban community located near a big city.
- n. One who attends a powerful dignitary; a subordinate.
- n. A subservient follower; a sycophant.
- n. Genetics A short segment of a chromosome separated from the rest by a constriction, typically associated with the formation of a nucleolus.
- n. Microbiology A colony of microorganisms whose growth in culture medium is enhanced by certain substances produced by another colony in its proximity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An attendant attached to a prince or other powerful person; hence, an obsequious dependent.
- n. A secondary planet which revolves about another planet. See Solar system, under Solar.
- adj. Situated near; accompanying.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A follower; particularly, a subservient or obsequious follower or attendant; a subordinate attendant.
- n. An attendant moon; a small planet revolving round a larger one; a secondary planet.
- n. [In the above quotation the Latin plural satellites is used instead of the English plural.]
- n. In geometry, a straight line bearing the following relation to another straight line.
- n. In entomology, a satellite-sphinx.
- n. 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. 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. A vein accompanying an artery.
- n. One of the smaller pathological formations which are associated with the primary larger one.
- n. In gregarines, any member except the first in a chain-like association. Compare primite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
- adj. surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power
- n. a person who follows or serves another
- n. man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
- v. broadcast or disseminate via satellite
French, hanger-on, hireling, from Old French, from Latin satelles, satellit-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French satellite, from Latin satelles ("attendant"). (Wiktionary)