Meteor Definition

mētē-ər, -ôr
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noun
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The luminous phenomenon observed when a meteoroid is heated by its entry into the earth's atmosphere; shooting star; falling star.
Webster's New World
A meteoroid or meteorite.
Webster's New World
Any atmospheric phenomenon, as precipitation, lightning, or a rainbow.
Webster's New World
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.
A shooting star caused by a small object from outer space entering the earth's atmosphere is an example of a meteor.
YourDictionary
(juggling) A prop similar to poi balls, in that it is twirled at the end of a cord or cable.
Wiktionary
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abbreviation
Meteorological.
Webster's New World
Meteorology.
Webster's New World
other
A rocky body that produces such light. Most meteors burn up before reaching the Earth's surface.
American Heritage Science

Other Word Forms of Meteor

Noun

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meteor
Plural:
meteors

Origin of Meteor

  • Middle English metheour atmospheric phenomenon from Old French meteore from Medieval Latin meteōrum from Greek meteōron astronomical phenomenon from neuter of meteōros high in the air meta- meta- -āoros lifted akin to āeirein to lift up wer-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Latin meteorum, from Ancient Greek μετέωρον (meteōron), from μετέωρος (meteōros, “raised from the ground, hanging, lofty"), from μετά (meta, “in the midst of, among, between") (English meta) + ἀείρω (aeiro, “to lift, to heave, to raise up").

    From Wiktionary

  • Original sense of “atmospheric phenomenon" gave rise to meteorology, now restricted to extraterrestrial objects burning up as they enter the atmosphere.

    From Wiktionary

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