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ˈmi ti ər, -ˌɔrme·te·or

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meteoroid, meteornoun

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

  2. meteor, shooting starnoun

    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. Meteornoun

    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.


  1. meteornoun

    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. meteornoun

    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. meteornoun

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

  4. meteornoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Meteornoun

    Any bodies in the air or sky that are of a flux and transitory nature.

    Etymology: meteore, Fr. μετέωρα.

    Look’d he or red, or pale, or sad, or merrily?
    What observation mad’st thou in this case,
    Of his heart’s meteors tilting in his face? William Shakespeare.

    She began to cast with herself from what coast this blazing star must rise upon the horizon of Ireland; for there had the like meteor strong influence before. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    These burning fits but meteors be,
    Whose matter in thee soon is spent:
    Thy beauty, and all parts which are in thee,
    Are an unchangeable firmament. John Donne.

    Then flaming meteors, hung in air, were seen,
    And thunders rattled through a sky serene. John Dryden, Æn.

    Why was I rais’d the meteor of the world,
    Hung in the skies, and blazing as I travell’d,
    Till all my fires were spent; and then cast downward
    To be trod out by Cæsar? John Dryden, All for Love.

    O poet, thou hadst been discreteer,
    Hanging the monarch’s hat so high,
    If thou hadst dubb’d thy star a meteor,
    Which did but blaze, and rove, and die. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meteornoun

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

  2. Meteornoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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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  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. Robert Massey:

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

  2. Jack London, Personal Credo:

    I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by a dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificient glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

  3. Bill Cooke:

    This is going to be an all or nothing event. If the debris from SW3 was traveling more than 220 miles per hour when it separated from the comet, we might see a nice meteor shower. If the debris had slower ejection speeds, then nothing will make it to Earth and there will be no meteors from this comet.

  4. 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.

  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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