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[mee-tee-uh-rahyt] /ˈmi ti əˌraɪt/
a mass of stone or metal that has reached the earth from outer space; a fallen meteoroid.
a meteoroid.
Origin of meteorite
First recorded in 1815-25; meteor + -ite1
Related forms
[mee-tee-uh-rit-ik] /ˌmi ti əˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
meteoritical, meteorital
[mee-tee-uh-rahyt-l] /ˌmi ti əˈraɪt l/ (Show IPA),
Can be confused
meteor, meteoric, meteorite, meteoroid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When the network of metal is more or less disconnected the meteorite is a meso-siderite.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • In the "Iliad," Zeus is said to have sent Athena as a meteorite from heaven to earth.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Here a dozen people squabbled over the behavior of a meteorite.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The stone is perhaps a meteorite, set in a corner at a proper height for kissing.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • Aside from that there was the constant danger from meteorite falls.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • If I cut this black cement in the base of the bullet, I come to the meteorite; am I correct?

    A. D. 2000 Alvarado M. Fuller
  • A shooting-star to northward filled the sky with the green blink of a meteorite dissipating itself in our atmosphere.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • It didn't look like the kind of hole a meteorite would make.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
British Dictionary definitions for meteorite


a rocklike object consisting of the remains of a meteoroid that has fallen on earth. It may be stony (chondrite), iron, or stony iron (pallasite) See chondrite
Derived Forms
meteoritic (ˌmiːtɪəˈrɪtɪk) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for meteorite

"rock that falls to earth, after streaking across the sky as a meteor," 1818, from meteor + -ite.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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meteorite in Science
A meteor that reaches the Earth's surface because it has not been burned up by friction with the atmosphere. Meteorites are believed to be fragments of comets and asteroids. ◇ Meteorites that consist mostly of silicates are called stony meteorites and are classified as either chondrites or achondrites. ◇ Meteorites that consist mostly of iron are called iron meteorites. ◇ Meteorites that consist of a mixture of silicates and iron are called stony-iron meteorites.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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