One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere.
- ‘Small shooting stars tore through the atmosphere.’
- ‘That's much larger than the dust grains that vaporize in the atmosphere to form most shooting stars, or meteors, but not large enough to crater Earth's crust.’
- ‘Meteors, also called shooting stars, are really streaks of light that flash across the sky as bits of dust and rock in space collide with the Earth's upper atmosphere and vaporize.’
- ‘It's a piece of a shooting star that falls to Earth.’
- ‘The girl tilted her head back, once again hoping for that shooting star, for a flicker of hope of a granted wish.’
- ‘Tiny meteors, commonly called shooting stars, hit the earth's atmosphere and turn into fiery streaks.’
- ‘She then looked at us, and said, ‘Look, shooting star!’’
- ‘Where the heck is this shooting star of yours, anyway?’
- ‘It was not a satellite, meteor or shooting star.’
- ‘Diego whispered, ‘So what did you wish for on that shooting star?’’
- ‘It flew silently, lower and faster than any airplane normally would, and slower and longer than any shooting star I've ever witnessed.’
- ‘She said she had seen a brilliant green shooting star earlier in the evening.’
- ‘It was too large to be a shooting star, too fast to be something actually entering the atmosphere, and too realistic to be anything but a figment of my imagination.’
- ‘However, the meteors or shooting stars last for only a few seconds.’
- ‘It was falling down fast like a shooting star or a meteor and I was waiting to hear an explosion.’
- ‘A sudden gleam shined brightly in the pale pink and yellow horizon, falling downward to earth like a shooting star.’
- ‘The night sky should be exploding with celestial activity as one of the most impressive shooting star showers of the year takes place this week.’
- ‘Within a minute we saw a slow red shooting star cross the summer night sky.’
- ‘She looked back out the window; she was hoping to see another shooting star so she could make another wish, only to be greeted by her breath fogging up the window.’
- ‘The appearance of comets in photographs can give the erroneous impression that they streak through the night sky like a meteor or a shooting star.’
2A North American plant with white, pink, or purple hanging flowers with backward-curving petals. The flowers are carried above the leaves on slender stems and turn to face up following fertilization.
Genus Dodecatheon, family Primulaceae
- ‘At this time of year, hikers can be on the alert for early buttercups, shooting stars in the foothills and moss phlox.’
- ‘In the muskegs - the sponge-like bogs that ring the old-growth forest - shooting stars are in bloom, their purple blossoms dotting a lime-green carpet of sphagnum moss.’
- ‘Near the trail, there are shooting stars under the trees, and Indian paintbrush is visible between rocks.’
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