Definition of satellite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsætəlaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætəlaɪt//
    Space travel, Watching TV, The universe
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  1. 1an electronic device that is sent into space and moves around the earth or another planet. It is used for communicating by radio, television, etc. and for providing information. a weather/communications satellite The interview came live by satellite from Hollywood. satellite television/TV (= broadcast using a satellite) a satellite broadcast/channel/picture The information was sent via a satellite link. Wordfinderastronaut, countdown, dock, launch, mission, orbit, rocket, satellite, space, weightless CollocationsTelevisionWatching watch television/​TV/​a show/(British English) a programme/(North American English) a program/​a documentary/​a pilot/​a rerun/​a repeat see (especially British English) an ad/(especially North American English) a commercial/​the news/​the weather catch/​miss a show/​a programme/​a program/​an episode/​the news pick up/​reach for/​grab the remote (control) change/​switch channel surf (through)/ (especially North American English) flip through/ (especially British English) flick through the channels sit in front of/​switch on/​switch off/​turn on/​turn off the television/​the TV/​the TV set have/​install satellite (TV)/cable (TV)/a satellite dishShowing show a programme/​a documentary/​an ad/​a commercial screen a programme/​a documentary run an ad/​a commercial broadcast/ (especially North American English) air/​repeat a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a series go out/​air/​be recorded live attract/​draw (in)/pull (in) viewers be a hit with viewers/​audiences/​critics get (low/​high) ratingsAppearing be on/​appear on television/​TV/​a TV show take part in a phone-in/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a reality TV show host a show/​a programme/​series/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a talk show/(British English) a chat show be/​become/​work as a/​an (British English) TV presenter/​talk-show host/​sports commentator/​anchorman/(British English) newsreader read/​present the news appear/​perform live (on TV)Programme-making do/​film/​make a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a pilot/​a series/​an ad/​a commercial work on a soap (opera)/a pilot (episode)/a sitcom write/​produce a drama/​sitcom/​spin-off/​comedy series See related entries: Space travel, Watching TV
  2. 2a natural object that moves around a larger natural object in space The moon is a satellite of earth. See related entries: The universe
  3. 3a town, a country or an organization that is controlled by and depends on another larger or more powerful one satellite states
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘follower’): from French satellite or Latin satelles, satellit- ‘attendant’.Extra examples American reconnaissance satellites provide images of the earth. The BBC broadcast the game via satellite. The pictures are broadcast through a live satellite link with Tokyo. The satellite passes over Britain every afternoon. The satellite will transmit the information back to earth. a new satellite that monitors changes in the environment high-resolution satellite imagery images from satellites Following the Second World War it became a satellite state of the Soviet Union.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: satellite