bolide

[ boh-lahyd, -lid ]
/ ˈboʊ laɪd, -lɪd /

noun Astronomy.

a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.

Nearby words

  1. boletus,
  2. boleyn,
  3. boleyn, anne,
  4. bolger,
  5. bolger, james,
  6. bolillo,
  7. boline,
  8. bolingbroke,
  9. bolingbrook,
  10. bolita

Origin of bolide

1850–55; < French < Greek bolid- (stem of bolís) missile

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British Dictionary definitions for bolide

bolide

/ (ˈbəʊlaɪd, -lɪd) /

noun

a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodesAlso called: fireball

Word Origin for bolide

C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista

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