What does meteor mean?

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ˈmi ti ər, -ˌɔrme·te·or

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meteoroid, meteor(noun)

    (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere

  2. meteor, shooting star(noun)

    a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode


  1. Meteor(n.)

    A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a shooting star.

  2. Origin: [F. mtore, Gr. , pl. things in the air, fr. high in air, raised off the ground; beyond + , , a suspension or hovering in the air, fr. to lift, raise up.]


  1. meteor(Noun)

    Any atmospheric phenomenon. (Thus the derivation of meteorology.) These were sometimes classified as aerial or airy meteors (winds), aqueous or watery meteors (hydrometeors: clouds, rain, snow, hail, dew, frost), luminous meteors (rainbows and aurora), and igneous or fiery meteors (lightning and shooting stars [next]).

  2. meteor(Noun)

    A fast-moving streak of light in the night sky caused by the entry of extraterrestrial matter into the earth's atmosphere: A shooting star or falling star.

  3. meteor(Noun)

    A prop similar to poi balls, in that it is twirled at the end of a cord or cable.

  4. meteor(Noun)

    A striking weapon resembling a track and field hammer consisting of a weight swung at the end of a cable or chain.

  5. Origin: Of origin, derived from the meteorum, from the μετέωρον, from μετέωρος, from μετά + ἀείρω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meteor(noun)

    any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc

  2. Meteor(noun)

    specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region

  3. Origin: [F. mtore, Gr. , pl. things in the air, fr. high in air, raised off the ground; beyond + , , a suspension or hovering in the air, fr. to lift, raise up.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Meteor

    mē′te-or, n. one of numberless small bodies travelling through space, continually being encountered by the earth on its orbital path, and then revealed to our observation as aerolites, fire-balls, or shooting-stars: formerly used of any appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain: (fig.) anything that for a time dazzles or strikes with wonder.—adj. Meteor′ic, pertaining to, or consisting of, meteors: proceeding from a meteor: flashing like a meteor: influenced by the weather.—ns. Mē′teorograph, an instrument by which several meteorological elements are recorded in combination; Meteor′olite, Mē′teorite, a meteoric stone.—adjs. Meteorolog′ic, -al.—ns. Meteorol′ogist; one skilled in meteorology; Meteorol′ogy, that department of physics which treats of the phenomena of the atmosphere as regards weather and climate.—adj. Mē′tēorous (Milt.), having the nature of a meteor.—Meteoric iron, iron as found in meteoric stones; Meteoric showers, showers of meteors or shooting-stars; Meteoric Stones, aerolites. [Gr. meteōronmeta, beyond, eōra, anything suspended—aeirein, to lift.]


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Editors Contribution

  1. meteor

    A natural phenomenon of light and energy observed in the sky above the planet.

    Meteor are observed every day on planet Earth and scientists seek to understand their composition, purpose and why they happen.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on April 13, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meteor in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meteor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of meteor in a Sentence

  1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as a blazing meteor when it descends to earth, is only a stone.

  2. Robert Massey:

    If people did see it and it was something like an incoming low-altitude meteor, they can consider themselves lucky.

  3. Longfellow:

    Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as the blazing meteor when it descends to earth is only a stone.

  4. Leif Tapanila:

    Here's a great example of what happens when a meteor or comet hits a marine environment, and it doesn't really do a whole lot.

  5. Ana Colovic Lesoska:

    I felt that it was a matter of injustice, it's not as if a meteor dropped on the middle of the park and destroyed the lynx, it's a decision... It was a decision by the banks to contribute to the extinction of the Balkan lynx.

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