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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.


  1. meteor

    A meteoroid () is a small rocky or metallic body in outer space. Meteoroids are defined as objects significantly smaller than asteroids, ranging in size from grains to objects up to a meter wide. Objects smaller than this are classified as micrometeoroids or space dust. Most are fragments from comets or asteroids, whereas others are collision impact debris ejected from bodies such as the Moon or Mars.When a meteoroid, comet, or asteroid enters Earth's atmosphere at a speed typically in excess of 20 km/s (72,000 km/h; 45,000 mph), aerodynamic heating of that object produces a streak of light, both from the glowing object and the trail of glowing particles that it leaves in its wake. This phenomenon is called a meteor or "shooting star". Meteors typically become visible when they are about 100 km above sea level. A series of many meteors appearing seconds or minutes apart and appearing to originate from the same fixed point in the sky is called a meteor shower. A meteorite is the remains of a meteoroid that has survived the ablation of its surface material during its passage through the atmosphere as a meteor and has impacted the ground. An estimated 25 million meteoroids, micrometeoroids and other space debris enter Earth's atmosphere each day, which results in an estimated 15,000 tonnes of that material entering the atmosphere each year.


  1. meteor

    A meteor is a space rock or debris that enters the Earth's atmosphere from outer space. As it falls towards Earth, the resistance (or drag) of the air on the rock makes it extremely hot. This heat vaporizes most meteors, creating a bright trail of light commonly referred to as a "shooting star." If any part of the meteor survives its journey through the atmosphere and lands on the Earth, it is then called a meteorite.

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. 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.

  2. Steinar Midtskogen:

    We do not yet know for sure the size of meteor. It could be a rock weighing a few hundred kilograms, but we only expect a small part of this body to have reached the ground, our preliminary analysis suggests that it entered Earth's atmosphere at a speed of about 15 km/s( 9.3 miles per second) and it fragmented in a series of bright flashes between 35 and 25 km( 22 and 15.5 miles) above ground.

  3. 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.

  4. Jack London:

    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 dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

  5. Christopher Onken:

    I could hardly believe my eyes when I came upon a little object that appeared to be moving across images taken by SkyMapper, these last images before the asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere were SkyMapper's biggest contribution. They helped to pinpoint both the search area for the meteorite fragments on Earth and the meteor's origin in space.

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