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 Dictionary entry overview: What does artificial satellite mean? 

  The noun ARTIFICIAL SATELLITE has 1 sense:

1. man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon

  Familiarity information: ARTIFICIAL SATELLITE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon

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Nouns denoting man-made objects


artificial satellite; orbiter; satellite

Hypernyms ("artificial satellite" is a kind of...):

equipment (an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service)

Meronyms (parts of "artificial satellite"):

solar array; solar battery; solar panel (electrical device consisting of a large array of connected solar cells)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "artificial satellite"):

astronomy satellite (a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation)

communications satellite (an artificial satellite that relays signals back to earth; moves in a geostationary orbit)

ballistic capsule; space vehicle; spacecraft (a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun)

space laboratory; space platform; space station (a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research)

sputnik (a Russian artificial satellite)

spy satellite (a satellite with sensors to detect nuclear explosions)

meteorological satellite; weather satellite (a satellite that transmits frequent picture of the earth below)

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