(sometimes initial capital letter) any of a series of Soviet earth-orbiting satellites: Sputnik I was the world's first space satellite.
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How to use sputnik in a sentence
October 4, 1957, was the day the Soviet Union Launched sputnik—the world’s first satellite—an achievement that heralded the start of the space age.
Stewart, a two-time WNBA champion now playing in Russia, asked about the sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.WNBA players’ next cause: Educating themselves — and fans — on vaccine safety | Candace Buckner | March 4, 2021 | Washington Post
It had been two years since the Soviets launched sputnik 1, the first manmade object in space.Lunik: Inside the CIA’s audacious plot to steal a Soviet satellite | Bobbie Johnson | January 28, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The sputnik shapes seem like a nod to Cold War surveillance morphing into Age of Terror surveillance.
Tortoise disqualified for technical reasons, first place awarded to sputnik hare.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space? | P. J. O’Rourke | June 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That is the red thread of continuity, which runs from Decline 1.0 with sputnik to Decline 5.0 with the post-crash.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline | Michael Moynihan | November 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Soviet Union has launched sputnik and communism is taking hold across eastern Europe.
That Redstone rocket was meant to boost American morale after the Soviets launched sputnik.
But that was after sputnik, and we didn't dare disregard any hints from the other side of the Iron Curtain.The Time Traders | Andre Norton
They got reports from the observatories about another sputnik being launched by the Russians.The Delegate from Venus | Henry Slesar
British Dictionary definitions for Sputnik
any of a series of unmanned Soviet satellites, Sputnik 1 (launched in 1957) being the first man-made satellite to orbit the earth
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