Meaning of sputnik

sput•nik

Pronunciation: (spoot'nik, sput'- Russ. sp&oomacrt'nyik), [key]
— n.
  1. (sometimes cap.) any of a series of Soviet earth-orbiting satellites: Sputnik I was the world's first space satellite.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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