- a mass of stone or metal that has reached the earth from outer space; a fallen meteoroid.
- a meteoroid.
Origin of meteorite
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Examples from the Web for meteorite
For example, a common type of meteorite has similar mineral content to Earth, but a lot less deuterium.Are Comets the Origin of Earth’s Oceans?
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But how many of them remember the CNN host who asked whether the Russian meteorite had been caused by global warming?Who Represents?
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That the fishes had fallen among the fragments of the meteorite.
This material is said, by Prof. Baden-Powell, to be "totally unlike that of any other meteorite."
In the "Iliad," Zeus is said to have sent Athena as a meteorite from heaven to earth.The Evolution of the Dragon
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Yet, what a history a meteorite might tell us if we could only manage to obtain it!The Story of the Heavens
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I feel sure that our meteorite came from that far-off world!Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope
- 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
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Word Origin and History for meteorite
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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