Meaning of satellite

sat•el•lite

Pronunciation: (sat'l-īt"), [key]
— n.
  1. a natural body that revolves around a planet; a moon.
  2. a country under the domination or influence of another.
  3. something, as a branch office or an off-campus facility of a university, that depends on, accompanies, or serves something else.
  4. an attendant or follower of another person, often subservient or obsequious in manner.
  5. a device designed to be launched into orbit around the earth, another planet, the sun, etc.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or constituting a satellite: the nation's new satellite program.
  2. subordinate to another authority, outside power, or the like: summoned to a conference of satellite nations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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