- 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 meteorites
To solve the problem, we need to study a lot more comets and meteorites.Are Comets the Origin of Earth’s Oceans?
Matthew R. Francis
December 14, 2014
A majority of these meteorites comes from collisions in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.New York City Stages Largest Meteorite Auction Ever
October 10, 2012
More like seeds germinating than meteorites cooling, wouldnt you say?Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
And meteorites, as we know, are largely metallic in composition.Vampires of Space
Sewell Peaslee Wright
That's about 800 times the duration that the orthodox give to meteors and meteorites.
Stratification in meteorites, however, is denied by the faithful.
It has the pitted surface that is supposed by the faithful to be characteristic of meteorites.
- 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
Word Origin and History for meteorites
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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