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 gwelə- in Indo-European roots.