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 formsme·te·or·it·ic [mee-tee-uh-rit-ik] /ˌmi ti əˈrɪt ɪk/, me·te·or·it·i·cal, me·te·or·it·al [mee-tee-uh-rahyt-l] /ˌmi ti əˈraɪt l/, adjective
Can be confusedmeteor meteoric meteorite meteoroid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for meteorite

bolide, comet, fireball, meteoroid

Examples from the Web for meteorite

Contemporary Examples of meteorite

  • For example, a common type of meteorite has similar mineral content to Earth, but a lot less deuterium.

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    Matthew R. Francis

    December 14, 2014

  • But how many of them remember the CNN host who asked whether the Russian meteorite had been caused by global warming?

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Historical Examples of meteorite

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 Formsmeteoritic (ˌmiːtɪəˈrɪtɪk), adjective
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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

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.
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