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meteor (ˈmiːtɪə Pronunciation for meteor



  1. a very small meteoroid that has entered the earth's atmosphere. Such objects have speeds approaching 70 kilometres per second
  2. Also called: shooting star, falling star. the bright streak of light appearing in the sky due to the incandescence of such a body heated by friction at its surface

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin meteōrum, from Greek meteōron something aloft, from meteōros lofty, from meta- (intensifier) + aeirein to raise


View thesaurus entry
= falling star, comet, meteorite, fireball, shooting star, bolide

meteorol. or meteor.


abbreviation for

  1. meteorological
  2. meteorology

Translations for 'meteor'

  • British English: meteor A meteor is a piece of rock or metal that burns very brightly when it enters the earth's atmosphere from space. NOUN
  • Brazilian Portuguese: meteoro
  • Chinese: 流星
  • European Spanish: meteoro
  • French: météore
  • German: Meteor
  • Italian: meteora
  • Japanese: 流星
  • Korean: 유성
  • Portuguese: meteoro
  • Spanish: meteoro

Example Sentences Including 'meteor'

Because of the uncertainty about structure of the meteor stream, astronomers are warning that a storm could strike almost anywhere.
New Scientist (1998)
He it was who first discovered radar reflections from meteor trails - investigated for the same reason.
North, John The Fontana history of Astronomy and Cosmology
It's a weld-gun that I used to fix up a meteor puncture in our ship.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
Many scientists believe Earth was hit by a meteor at the end of the Cretaceous period.
Misc (1998)
Some hoped that he would fall to earth like a meteor , or even materialize out of the air and walk among them.
Zindell, David The Broken God
The meteor shower hurled itself across the lounge and into Flynn's arms, dumping Posy unceremoniously to one side.
Christina Jones TICKLED PINK (2002)
To be visible in daylight, the falling meteor would have had to be substantial in size.
Mail and Guardian (2004)
Yesterday, this meteor crashed to the ground in spectacular fashion.
Independent (1999)


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