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English translation: satellite or companion

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Russian term or phrase:Sputnik
English translation:satellite or companion
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10:54 Apr 20, 2001
Russian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering
Russian term or phrase: sputnik
what does the russian name "sputnik" mean in English?
Susan Woodrome
satellite, companion
Explanation:

Depending on the context, this can be either "satellite" or "companion". The meaning "companion" is the most traditional one. See some examples below:

sputnik moey zhizni = the companion of my life

sputnik Zemli = Earth satellite
estestvenniy sputnik = natural satellite
obitaemiy sputnik, sputnik s chelovekom na bortu = manned satellite

Please note the Russian word "satellit" can also mean "satellite state". If we are talking about a person, "satellit" means "minion", "vassal".

Basically, these are the meanings of "sputnik".

Best regards,

Artyan
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artyan
United States
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Thanks, This may sound stupid but it was a trivia question. Thanks for all your help.
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Summary of answers provided
nasatellitesteven tucker
nasatellite, companionartyan
nasputnik
Russian Express
nasatellite/companion/fellow travel(l)er/ life's companion/helpmate/concomitant
Natalie
nasatellite; companion
Vladimir Shapovalov
nasatellite
gladic


  

Answers


6 mins
satellite


Explanation:
my russian dictionary list as the first meaning for 'sputnik'
- fellow traveller
- (in astronomy ) satellite

gladic
Croatia
Local time: 00:38
Native speaker of: Native in CroatianCroatian
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8 mins
satellite; companion


Explanation:
one of the meanings is SATELLITE (example, космический спутник, e.g. space satellite). The other meaning of this word refers to COMPANION (example, спутник жизни - companion for life, e.g. wife/husband)

Good luck,

Vlad

Vladimir Shapovalov
United States
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9 mins
satellite/companion/fellow travel(l)er/ life's companion/helpmate/concomitant


Explanation:
There are several meanings:

satellite, companion, fellow travel(l)er, life's companion, helpmate, concomitant

Natalie
Poland
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2 hrs
sputnik


Explanation:
One more meaning, just in case. It depends on context, however...


    Common sense. No linguistic.
Russian Express
Canada
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7 hrs
satellite


Explanation:
Depending on context, could refer to "Sputnik I" the first earth-orbiting satellite. Launched 4 Oct.1957 from Tyuratam, USSR. Est. elliptical orbit at 900km orbiting the globe every 96 min. Aluminum 22" sphere, 183 lbs., 4 whip antennas. Fell from orbit 4 Jan. 1958. Beat out U.S. satellite effort ongoing at the time. Entered popular U.S. phraseology after the event.


    Internet- www.hq.nasa.gov/office/History/sputnik
steven tucker
United States
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2 days 10 hrs
satellite, companion


Explanation:

Depending on the context, this can be either "satellite" or "companion". The meaning "companion" is the most traditional one. See some examples below:

sputnik moey zhizni = the companion of my life

sputnik Zemli = Earth satellite
estestvenniy sputnik = natural satellite
obitaemiy sputnik, sputnik s chelovekom na bortu = manned satellite

Please note the Russian word "satellit" can also mean "satellite state". If we are talking about a person, "satellit" means "minion", "vassal".

Basically, these are the meanings of "sputnik".

Best regards,

Artyan


artyan
United States
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Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
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Thanks, This may sound stupid but it was a trivia question. Thanks for all your help.
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