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Explanation of meteor by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere

    2. a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode

    Definition of meteor by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Meteor n. [F. météore, Gr. , pl. things in the air, fr. high in air, raised off the ground; beyond + , , a suspension or hovering in the air, fr. to lift, raise up.]

      1. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.

      Hail, an ordinary meteor. Bp. Hall.

      2. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.

      The vaulty top of heaven

      Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. Shak.

      3. A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a shooting star.

      ☞ The term is especially applied to fireballs, and the masses of stone or other substances which sometimes fall to the earth; also to shooting stars and to ignes fatui. Meteors are often classed as: aerial meteors, winds, tornadoes, etc.; aqueous meteors, rain, hail, snow, dew, etc.; luminous meteors, rainbows, halos, etc.; and igneous meteors, lightning, shooting stars, and the like.