satellite

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French satellite, from Latin satelles ‎(attendant). Ultimately perhaps of Etruscan origin.

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Noun[edit]

satellite ‎(plural satellites)

  1. A moon or other smaller body orbiting a larger one. [from 17th c.]
    The Moon is a natural satellite of the Earth.
    A spent upper stage is a derelict satellite.
  2. A man-made apparatus designed to be placed in orbit around a celestial body, generally to relay information, data etc. to Earth. [from 20th c.]
    Many telecommunication satellites orbit at 36000km above the equator.
  3. A country, state, office, building etc. which is under the jurisdiction, influence, or domination of another body. [from 19th c.]
  4. (now rare) An attendant on an important person; a member of someone's retinue, often in a somewhat derogatory sense; a henchman. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.3:
      We read in the Bible, that Nicanor the persecutor of Gods Law [] sent his Satellites to apprehend the good old man Rasias [].
    • 1826, Walter Scott, Woodstock, p.348:
      [] he would nevertheless have a better bargain of this tall satellite if they settled the debate betwixt them in the forest []. Betwixt anxiety, therefore, vexation, and anger, Charles faced suddenly round on his pursuer [].
    • 1948, Willard E. Hawkins, The Technique of Fiction: A Basic Course in Story Writing, p.169:
      The unnamed chronicler in his Dupin stories was the first Dr. Watson type of satellite—a narrator who accompanies the detective on his exploits, exclaims over his brilliance [].
  5. (colloquial, uncountable) Satellite TV; reception of television broadcasts via services that utilize man-made satellite technology. [from 20th c.]
    Do you have satellite at your house?
  6. (grammar) A grammatical construct that takes various forms and may encode a path of movement, a change of state, or the grammatical aspect. Examples: "a bird flew past"; "she turned on the light".

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  • (artificial orbital body): sat (abbreviation)

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The man-made telecommunication objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin satellitem (accusative singular of satelles).

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satellite m ‎(plural satellites)

  1. satellite

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin satelles ‎(attendant), perhaps of Etruscan origin.

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satellite m ‎(plural satelliti)

  1. satellite

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

satellite

  1. ablative singular of satelles

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin satellitem, accusative singular of satelles.

Noun[edit]

satellite m (plural satellites)

  1. (military, Antiquity) a guard or watchman

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References[edit]

  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (satellite, supplement)

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Noun[edit]

satellite f ‎(plural satellites)

  1. (Jersey) satellite

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