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satellite noun 1 (in full natural satellite) a celestial body that orbits a much larger celestial body, eg the Moon which orbits, and is a satellite of, the Earth. 2 (in full artificial or earth satellite) a man-made device that is launched into space by a rocket, etc, and is placed in orbit around a planet, especially the Earth, and used for communication, exploration and photography. 3 a smaller companion to anything. 4 a nation or state dependent, especially economically or politically, on a larger neighbour. 5 an obsequious follower; a hanger-on. satellitic adj.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c: from Latin satelles attendant.
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