Also 15 -yte
, 16 -it
< French satellite (14th cent. in Littré), < Latin satellit-em (nominative satelles ) attendant or guard. Compare
(In sense .)
1966 P. O'Donnell xiv. 185
The end of the journey..was on neutral ground, in an area where spy-plane or satellite cameras would never seek.
satellite communication n.
(also satellite communications)
1959 J. H. Straubel et al. 243 (Index),
1960 XIV. 32/1
A means of communication is needed that will immediately provide several hundred channels linking key cities throughout the world. This requirement will be filled by a satellite communication system.
1961 Feb. 26/3
Last autumn a team of British experts visited the United States to discuss with their opposite numbers the feasibility of establishing a satellite communications system.
1964 1 Aug. 481/2
Complex legal controversies arising from satellite communications systems.
1977 2 Oct. 15/2
A new weapon that could destroy Soviet satellites in space... Vought is expected to have a battle version of the satellite killer ready to test in space in about two years.
1977 17 Oct. 32/1
The U.S. will now emphasize efforts to design an American satellite killer to defend against the Soviet version.
1959 2 July 5/5
This satellite launcher is about 110 ft long and 15 in in diameter at the base.
1961 19 Jan. 133/1
Several of these countries will discuss the specific proposal for the development of a satellite-launcher based on Blue Streak.
1967 5 145
In February 1965 Atlantis II returned to the area to carry out a hydrographic and coring survey of this area using a satellite navigation system and ship-board computer for the location of this small area.
(Shell Briefing Service)
With satellite navigation, however, the rig can fix its own position by computer, processing signals received from orbiting satellites.
1953 J. N. Leonard 159
They suspect that the human intellect is approaching a boundary of mystery which its present tools cannot penetrate. Some of them feel that the satellite observatory may be the necessary tool.
1959 13 May 1
Britain has decided to take the essential steps to enable scientists here to participate in a satellite programme.
1958 A. Budrys in Aldiss & Harrison
I'm assigned to the satellite-tracking station.
1969 20 Feb. 233/2
Satellite tracking is not as easy as it appears.
1962 W. B. Thompson i. 4
Recently, rocket- and satellite-borne counters have detected belts of energetic radiation, electrons and ions, high above the earth's atmosphere.
1974 June 132/2
Within less than a decade the bulk of trans~oceanic telephony (and all transoceanic television) has become satellite-borne.
1967 1 July 32/2
What about lasers? What about direct satellite-to-home broadcasting?.. Perhaps the only way in which the federal government could expect to keep abreast of the developments in communications technologies would be to set up a Department of Communication.
1973 7 226
The uses of such wonders as switched data networks, computer terminals, mobile radio transceivers, and satellite-to-home-receiver television transmission.
(In sense .)
1912 G. R. Taylor in XXIX. 5 Oct. 23/1
Like camp sutlers, the traffickers in demoralization are quick to follow the trail of satellite cities.
1960 20 Dec. a14
They urge that the growth of this region from some 4 million to 9 million persons in the remainder of this century be organized in a pattern of some 50 new satellite cities, each of 75,000 to 150,000 population. A dozen of them would fill the corridor between Baltimore and Washington.
1977 13 June 94/2
The new Taichung port..is to include a separate satellite city.
1946 13 July 39/2
The Manchester request for compulsory powers to buy land for the creation of satellite communities.
1970 R. Stavenhagen in I. L. Horowitz vii. 254
Not only in the city but also in the ‘satellite communities’ is commerce usually in Ladino hands.
1956 7 Feb. 8/5
Dropping leaflets over the satellite countries..was begun by Radio Free Europe in April, 1954.
1969 A. G. Frank
Relations between the satellite underdeveloped and the now developed metropolitan countries.
1976 B. Freemantle iv. 43
The Americans actually believe we [sc. the Russians] are going to withdraw all our troops from the satellite countries.
1949 A. Koestler i. xii. 133
Experts of the Foreign Office..tried to set up a puppet Jewish Agency as a kind of satellite Government.
1916 C. M. Meredith tr. F. Naumann vi. 180
What is meant by a satellite nation..? We might also say a planet State. Such States have their own life.
1956 E. E. Cummings 26 Nov.
Urging (via night & day broadcasts) the socalled satellite nations to revolt from colossal Russia.
1916 C. M. Meredith tr. F. Naumann vi. 181
Round about the satellite States there still exists a certain mass of unorganised national material.
Their [sc. Pan-Germans'] plan was that Germany..should carve out in the Danube basin several satellite states.
1950 17 July 11/2
Fortifications toughening the ragged western borders of central Europe's satellite states.
1976 Summer–Autumn 41
Here was the authentic voice of the unconscious Western desire to believe that the satellite states of the Soviet Union were free.
1925 C. B. Purdom
The building of satellite towns.
1929 17 July 17/6
Since neither complete decentralization nor the proposal to ‘departmentalize’ the government of Greater Paris is found to give general satisfaction, the system of ‘satellite towns’ has been suggested as a way out.
1933 74 166/2
The proposed formation of a ring of satellite towns around the immediate radius of London.
1946 F. J. Osborn I. 182
Satellite Town. This term was first used in Great Britain in 1919 as an alternative description of Welwyn Garden City... Some planning writers have thoughtlessly renewed the old confusion by using the term Satellite Town to describe an Industrial Garden Suburb. It is better reserved for a Garden City or country town, at a moderate distance from a large city, but physically separated from that city by a Country Belt.
1955 Jan. 40/3
As population continues to move from cities out to ever more distant suburbs and satellite towns [etc.].
1971 27 Mar. 3/7
A giant new satellite township near Pretoria..will provide housing..for about 200 000 White people.
satellite airfield n. an airfield auxiliary to and serving, if necessary, as a substitute for a larger airfield.
1941 F. H. Joseph
Clear skies over West Raynham's satellite airfield, Massingham.
1951 O. Berthoud tr. P. H. Clostermann i. 20
We spent the last three weeks of our training at Montford Bridge, a small satellite airfield lost in the hills.
1968 25 Sept. 36/1
Flight delays at World Chamberlain and the satellite airfields are almost non-existent.
satellite broadcasting n. broadcasting in which the signal is transmitted via an artificial satellite; spec. = .
1964 M. McLuhan xxv. 252
[Man's] central nervous system..is now approaching an extension of consciousness with satellite broadcasting.
1984 8 Mar. 2/1
Barry Fox tries to make sense of the current debate about satellite broadcasting.
1987 22 Feb. 23/7
Cotton spent the next two years working on the BBC's plans, now effectively shelved, for satellite broadcasting.
satellite photo n.
(also satellite photograph)
a photograph taken from an artificial satellite.
1963 Van Dijk & Rutherford in Wexler & Caskey 305
Satellite photographs were obtained of a cut-off low over southeast Australia.
1976 H. Kemelman xii. 61
The noon broadcast had been almost entirely devoted to..Hurricane Betsy. There were..satellite photos of the eastern coast.
1977 A. Hallam 43
A satellite photograph of the Andes.
1971 P. O'Donnell v. 107
I'll have it checked by our own Map Section... There's something there which is detectable by satellite photography.
satellite picture n. a satellite photograph.
1963 Van Dijk & Rutherford in Wexler & Caskey 305
Facility in interpretation of meteorological satellite pictures can best be achieved by exercises in which clouds of known type and distribution are charted and compared with pictures of the same cloud taken by satellite camera.
1977 L. P. White vii. 73
Early examination of coverage of this kind did, however, serve to indicate the possibility of using automatic satellite pictures for purposes other than meteorology and oceanology.
satellite station n.
(a) an artificial satellite; spec. (see quot. );
(b) a secondary radio station which receives and retransmits programmes, so as to improve local reception.
1945 Oct. 306
Three satellite stations would ensure complete [radio] coverage of the globe.
1950 W. Proell 174
Satellite station, synonym for space station... Space station, a habitable vehicle placed in a satellite orbit around a planetary body, for use in refueling of space ships, communications relaying, or military use.
1954 E. Pangborn
i. i. 21,
I understand men will have their first satellite station in a very short time, four or five years.
1959 30 Oct. 631/4
The cost of building a moon rocket at a satellite station, including the fuel of the rockets carrying the materials, he estimates as £40m.
1959 New Ser. 5 416/1
A number of low-power satellite stations are therefore planned... They will be designed to..pick up signals from an existing B.B.C. station and retransmit them on a different channel for local reception.
1959 New Ser. 5 416/1
The B.B.C.'s plan for extending and improving the coverage of the television service and of..sound services on v.h.f. by building low-power satellite stations in various parts of the country.
1962 Rep. Comm. Broadcasting 1960 197 in (Cmnd. 1753) X. 259
It is possible to provide low-powered relay stations..to extend coverage still further... These satellite stations..have been planned as a stage by stage project.
satellite telescope n. a telescope in orbit beyond the range of atmospheric distortion.
1951 J. P. Marbarger 26
If we turn such a satellite telescope to the outer reaches of the universe, the planets and the stars, we shall find observation conditions which no terrestrial observatory could equal.
1960 99 358/1
It turns out that this is a design study into a stabilised platform for a small satellite telescope.
satellite television n. television in which the signal is transmitted via an artificial satellite.
The BBC's first satellite television transmissions were shown in 1962.
1971 L. Koppett xii. 194
Draft additions September 2004
[1972 2 June c8
Satellite phone link.]
1982 9 Aug. 17
They had a satellite phone on board..so I called in every night to find out how the Braves did.
2002 2 Aug. 30/1
Guerrillas..have initiated a move to acquire state-of-the-art satellite phones of Chinese origin to improve their communications.
Draft additions September 2004
satellite telephone n. a telephone that transmits its signal via a geostationary communications satellite, thus enabling a call to be made from any location.
1968 20 Dec. 17/3
Intelsat 3, the new commercial communications satellite..will more than double trans-Atlantic satellite telephone and television channels.
1980 29 Sept. 36/2
On many occasions, for example, Carter speaks via satellite telephone directly with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat.
2003 28 May 3/3
The battery on his satellite telephone went dead, leaving him with only a signal beacon as a means of contact with his team.
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