1. An attendant attached to a prince or other powerful person; hence, an obsequious dependent. "The satellites of power."

2. <astronomy> A secondary planet which revolves about another planet; as, the moon is a satellite of the earth. See Solar system, under Solar.

<zoology> Satellite moth, a handsome European noctuid moth (Scopelosoma satellitia).

Origin: F, fr. L. Stelles, -itis, an attendant.

<anatomy> Situated near; accompanying; as, the satellite veins, those which accompany the arteries.

(01 Mar 1998)

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