The definition of a meteor is a small body of matter from outer space that comes into the atmosphere of the Earth and that looks like a streak of light due to iridescence caused by friction.(noun)
A shooting star caused by a small object from outer space entering the earth's atmosphere is an example of a meteor.
See meteor in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < ML meteorum < Gr meteōron, pl. meteōra, things in the air < meteōros, lifted up, in air < meta, beyond (see meta-) + eōra, a hovering in the air (akin to aeirein, to lift up)
See meteor in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English metheour, atmospheric phenomenon
Origin: , from Old French meteore
Origin: , from Medieval Latin meteōrum
Origin: , from Greek meteōron, astronomical phenomenon
Origin: , from
Origin: neuter of meteōros, high in the air
Origin: : meta-, meta-
Origin: + -āoros, lifted
Origin: ; akin to āeirein, to lift up; see wer-1 in Indo-European roots.
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