a brilliant meteor with a magnitude exceeding ?4, esp. one that explodes; fireball
Origin of bolideFrench ; from Classical Latin bolis (gen. bolidis), fiery meteor ; from Gr, missile, arrow, akin to ballein, to throw: see ball
A meteoric flash or flare created when a meteoroid explodes or vaporizes as it passes through Earth's atmosphere. Also called fireball.
Origin of bolideFrench, from Latin bolis, bolid-, kind of meteor, from Greek, missile, flash (of lightning), from ballein, to throw; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.