[ spoo t-nik, spuht-; Russian spoot-nyik ]
/ ˈspʊt nɪk, ˈspʌt-; Russian ˈsput nyɪk /
(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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Origin of sputnik
1957; < Russian spútnik satellite, traveling companion, equivalent to s- together, with + put’ way, route + -nik agent suffix (cf. -nik)
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I can almost remember the atomic bomb, and I sure as hell remember the sputniks.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
British Dictionary definitions for sputniks
/ (ˈspʊtnɪk, ˈspʌt-) /
any of a series of unmanned Soviet satellites, Sputnik 1 (launched in 1957) being the first man-made satellite to orbit the earth
Word Origin for Sputnik
C20: from Russian, literally: fellow traveller, from s- with + put path + -nik suffix indicating agent
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Cultural definitions for sputniks
[ (spoot-niks, sput-niks) ]
A series of Soviet satellites launched in 1957 and in following years. These were the first artificial satellites.
notes for Sputniks
The appearance of Sputnik stimulated a great deal of effort in the education of scientists and engineers in the United States. This period is now referred to as the post-Sputnik boom.
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