- satellite sat‧el‧lite [ˈsætlaɪt] noun1. [countable, uncountable] a machine that has been sent into space and goes around the Earth, used for radio, television, and other electronic communication:
• a satellite communications company
• They provide news and live sporting events by satellite.
• Shares in satellite TV companies fell yesterday to an all-time low.2. [countable] a country or organization that is controlled by or is dependent on another larger one:
• the dissolution of the former Soviet Empire and the liberation of its satellites in Eastern Europe
* * *satellite UK US /ˈsætəlaɪt/ noun► [C] COMMUNICATIONS a piece of equipment that is sent up into space to travel round the Earth, used for collecting information or communicating by radio, television, etc.: »
The cost of launching a satellite into orbit is vast.by satellite »
He will address the Trade Convention by satellite on Friday.»
a satellite photograph/map/image► [U] COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE TELEVISION(Cf. ↑satellite television): on satellite »
The match will only be shown on satellite.»
Their satellite and cable division sells programme sponsorship.»
a satellite broadcaster/provider/company»
a satellite channel/show/service► [C] an organization or place that is controlled by or depends on a bigger or more powerful place: a satellite of sth »
The company is an overseas satellite of South Africa's Anglo American Corporation.»
a satellite state/city
Financial and business terms. 2012.