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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Definitions for bolide

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

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Citations for bolide
An impact of a 10-km bolide would be a violent event. Digby McLaren, “Impacts that changed the course of evolution,” New Scientist, November 24, 1983
At first it seemed that the gigantic bolide, now almost directly overhead, was breaking up in the atmosphere. Ken MacLeod, Newton's Wake, 2004
Origin of bolide
1850-1855
Bolide entered English in the 1850s and derives from the Greek word bolis meaning “missile.”