One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small body of matter from outer space that enters the earth's atmosphere, becoming incandescent as a result of friction and appearing as a streak of light.
falling star, shooting star, fireball, meteorite, bolide, meteoroid, cometView synonyms
- ‘Eastern Cape residents could have stars in their eyes later this month when meteors from a passing comet provide an extra-terrestrial show.’
- ‘In the mean time, let's keep hoping for an extinction-level meteor to hit the earth just so it takes him out too.’
- ‘Each time a meteor crosses through the atmosphere, it leaves behind a short trail of ionised particles.’
- ‘The meteor's light cuts through the fog as it falls directly towards them.’
- ‘There are meteors and comets and supernovas and yes, black holes.’
- ‘It may also raise the number of random meteors seen from Earth streaking across the sky.’
- ‘He thought he had seen a meteor but before the light disappeared it changed direction.’
- ‘Whitehead thinks that the meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a low angle.’
- ‘The witness observed two objects that were moving so fast they appeared to be meteors or shooting stars, they moved so fast.’
- ‘Experts predict that at most a meteor could flash across the sky every minute or two at peak times.’
- ‘The chunks and pieces of the planet after the explosion could explain the asteroids, meteors and comets.’
- ‘This convergence of government officials does not happen when a meteor falls to Earth.’
- ‘Evening meteors much catch Earth by having an orbital velocity greater than the planet.’
- ‘A shield would protect each community from meteors and space debris.’
- ‘Light from a passing meteor is recorded on several security cameras.’
- ‘Observers often mistake these re-entering objects for meteors or UFOs.’
- ‘This will produce a surge of mostly faint meteors over Europe and Asia.’
- ‘Each time a meteor crosses the atmosphere, it leaves behind a short trail of ionised particles.’
- ‘The meteors can appear in any part of the sky, so make sure that you have as wide a view of it as possible.’
- ‘Huge parts of the ceiling came hurtling at them like meteors from outer space.’
Mid 16th century (denoting any atmospheric phenomenon): from modern Latin meteorum, from Greek meteōron, neuter (used as a noun) of meteōros ‘lofty’.
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