The definition of a meteorite is a rock that is found on Earth that did not form on Earth.
Facts About Meteorites As of November 2012 there have been 1910 meteorites found in the United States. Meteorites have fallen in almost every state in the United States with the exception of four - Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The earliest meteorite to be found in the United States was uncovered in Havana, Illinois sometime during the 1940s. Most of the meteorites that have been found in the United States are made of iron.
An example of a meteorite is the 34,000 pound iron-nickel Williamette meteorite found in 1902 in the Williamette Valley in Oregon, the largest meteorite discovered in North America.
meteorite definition by Webster's New World
that part of a relatively large meteoroid that survives passage through the atmosphere and falls to the surface of a planet or moon as a mass of metal or stone
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. meteorite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A stony or metallic mass of matter that has fallen to the earth's surface from outer space.
Related Forms: meˌte·or·itˈic , meˌte·or·itˈi·cal adjective The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. meteorite - Science Definition
A meteor that reaches the Earth's surface because it has not been burned up by friction with the atmosphere. Meteorites are believed to be fragments of comets and asteroids. ♦ Meteorites that consist mostly of silicates are called
stony meteorites and are classified as either chondrites or achondrites. ♦ Meteorites that consist mostly of iron are called iron meteorites. ♦ Meteorites that consist of a mixture of silicates and iron are called stony-iron meteorites.