- a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.
Origin of bolide
1850–55; < French < Greek bolid- (stem of bolís) missile
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Examples from the Web for bolide
Astrophysicists say it was a bolide, or a meteor that explodes in the air.Fire in the Sky! The Russian Meteor’s Aftermath
February 15, 2013
The Bolide; she and the Enterprise had made a raid on Ithunn.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
The bolide was not white-hot, then, as when it passed over Thrawn Island.
This probably refers to an unusually large “bolide” or “fireball.”Astronomical Curiosities
J. Ellard Gore
It said blandly that a bolide—a slow-moving, large meteoric object—had been observed by radar to be descending to earth.Operation Terror
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Everybody's over at the tracking station, arguing about the bolide that went over last night.
- a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodesAlso called: fireball
C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista
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