geostationary

[jee-oh-stey-shuh-ner-ee]

adjective

of or relating to a satellite traveling in an orbit 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the earth's equator: at this altitude, the satellite's period of rotation, 24 hours, matches the earth's and the satellite always remains in the same spot over the earth: geostationary orbit.

Nearby words

  1. geoscientist,
  2. geospatial,
  3. geosphere,
  4. geostatic,
  5. geostatics,
  6. geostationary operational environmental satellite,
  7. geostationary orbit,
  8. geostrategy,
  9. geostrophic,
  10. geostrophic wind

Also ge·o·syn·chro·nous [jee-oh-sing-kruh-nuh s] /ˌdʒi oʊˈsɪŋ krə nəs/.

Origin of geostationary

First recorded in 1960–65; geo- + stationary

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British Dictionary definitions for geosynchronous

geosynchronous

adjective

another word for geostationary

geostationary

adjective

(of a satellite) in a circular equatorial orbit in which it circles the earth once per sidereal day so that it appears stationary in relation to the earth's surfaceAlso: geosynchronous
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