Origin of meteor
OTHER WORDS FROM meteorme·te·or·like, adjective
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How to use meteor in a sentence
A meteor streaked across Russia last Friday, igniting the sky with an ethereal explosion of light.Harlem on ‘Harlem Shake,’ ‘Downton’ vs. ‘Girls’ & More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|February 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Astrophysicists say it was a bolide, or a meteor that explodes in the air.
Some industrious Chelyabinsk citizen has already offered to sell a piece of the meteor for a souvenir.
The idea had a short but powerful resonance: why did the meteor explode above ground, people wondered?
This RT video shows an office getting its window blown out by the shockwave from the meteor.Meteor Shower Hits Russia|Justin Green|February 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But it was all swift as a passing meteor, and when I looked a second time his face was normal and he was looking among the trees.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
And darned if each meteor didn't strike dead center of each plant network.Old Friends Are the Best|Jack Sharkey
Yesterday morning, about an hour before sunrise, a bright meteor was seen in the south-west.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
Unfortunately 'Meteor' and 'Iverna' were not competing, the former having damaged her gaff.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
The salons held beautifully-dressed women, distinguished-looking men, lying about as the meteor's shock had hurled them.The Sargasso of Space|Edmond Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for meteor
Word Origin for meteor
Scientific definitions for meteor
The streaks of light we sometimes see in the night sky and call meteors were not identified as interplanetary rocks until the 19th century. Before then, the streaks of light were considered only one of a variety of atmospheric phenomena, all of which bore the name meteor. Rain was an aqueous meteor, winds and storms were airy meteors, and streaks of light in the sky were fiery meteors. This general use of meteor survives in our word meteorology, the study of the weather and atmospheric phenomena. Nowadays, astronomers use any of three words for rocks from interplanetary space, depending on their stage of descent to the Earth. A meteoroid is a rock in space that has the potential to collide with the Earth's atmosphere. Meteoroids range in size from a speck of dust to a chunk about 100 meters in diameter, though most are smaller than a pebble. When a meteoroid enters the atmosphere, it becomes a meteor. The light that it gives off when heated by friction with the atmosphere is also called a meteor. If the rock is not obliterated by the friction and lands on the ground, it is called a meteorite. For this term, scientists borrowed the -ite suffix used in the names of minerals like malachite and pyrite.
Cultural definitions for meteor
A streak of light in the sky, often called a “shooting star,” that occurs when a bit of extraterrestrial matter falls into the atmosphere of the Earth and burns up.