Definition of meteoric in US English:



  • 1Relating to meteors or meteorites.

    ‘meteoric iron’
    • ‘In general, the Earth encounters richer meteoric activity during the second half of the year.’
    • ‘The explosion of a small artificial moon in low orbit sends a meteoric rain onto the Ewok sanctuary, on a scale unmatched since Endor formed.’
    • ‘The reasons for the formation of these types of clouds is still something of a mystery, but has been suggested that the nuclei that helps them to form is actually meteoric dust.’
    • ‘At this early point in the history of the Solar System, meteoric bombardment was intense, and it would have continually opened new holes in the crust, immediately filled by magma.’
    • ‘Heavy metal is siderion, something made of meteoric iron.’
    1. 1.1 (of the development of something, especially a person's career) very rapid.
      ‘her meteoric rise to the top of her profession’
      • ‘But with their meteoric rise to fame, we'd better get used to being this week's Williamsburg, despite the rumour that they've already moved to New York.’
      • ‘His meteoric rise did encounter a few setbacks and some bad investment decisions, but he has managed to bounce back with his latest creation in the soft toy line: a stuffed deer.’
      • ‘What isn't so typical, though, is the meteoric rise and subsequent slow decline of a man much imitated, never duplicated and unrivaled at his instrument.’
      • ‘The optical component market has few scale efficiencies and this could limit the growth and profitability of the sector particularly as the industry is growing at meteoric rates to satisfy demand due to increased network traffic.’
      • ‘This quarter's results were the first set which showed some material revenue booking from wireless markets and this market is expected to continue growing at meteoric rates.’
      • ‘It's been somewhat of a meteoric rise for the Irish band, who are now based in Los Angeles with their studio just a 20-minute walk from Hollywood Boulevard.’
      • ‘Until Napoleon's luck changed and his health declined, his meteoric rush to empire building can be charted in the chairs that could be found in his various residences and portraits.’
      • ‘America's working neophytes' unrestrained optimism stems from having come of age in a flush economy and a tight labor market, with lots of highly visible examples of meteoric corporate career arcs.’
      • ‘Provincial sources said yesterday that Northern Province had achieved another meteoric improvement in results, from 51,4 percent last year to close to 60 percent this year.’
      • ‘It began, inauspiciously, as a summer league team, but its dizzying ascent to prominence since then has been nothing short of meteoric.’
      • ‘His meteoric rise through the ranks was capped with the U.S. Senate's unanimous confirmation of his nomination as Secretary of State.’
      • ‘This dramatised resumé of Wilde's life and loves, his meteoric rise and catastrophic fall, is cleverly conceived and, in the main, well executed.’
      • ‘In the 1980s, a series of Rottweiler attacks squelched that breed's popularity, after what had been a meteoric rise.’
      • ‘The rise of an automobile culture in the West, and its meteoric boom after World War II, eventually led to self-guided driving tours along nineteen miles of road in 1966.’
      • ‘In mitigation his lawyer told of the 35-year-old's meteoric rise from a supermarket worker to a multi-millionaire restaurant owner.’
      • ‘In this competition she won the highly coveted Rosenblatt Recital prize and since then her career has enjoyed what can only be described as a meteoric rise.’
      • ‘Many bodybuilders today have short meteoric careers.’
      • ‘Doyle, 49, had a meteoric rise in the film industry.’
      • ‘The show was a meteoric success, becoming the most popular show on the network, and before long was made into a moderately successful film and helped set up two spin off shows.’
      • ‘Before the meteoric spread of Islam outwards from the Arabian peninsula towards the end of the seventh century many of the tribes of North Africa had been converted to Judaism or Christianity.’
      rapid, lightning, swift, fast, quick, speedy, breakneck, fast-track, accelerated, overnight, instant, whirlwind, mushrooming, sudden, spectacular
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  • 2Geology
    Relating to or denoting water derived from the atmosphere by precipitation or condensation.

    • ‘The burial history of the sediments can be ascertained by the study of their varying thickness; and the petrography of the sediments reveals their diagenetic history and the movement of meteoric and pore waters through the basin.’
    • ‘These low 880 values represent precipitation from meteoric waters depleted in 180, or elevated temperatures during formation in burial settings.’
    • ‘Once magmas erupt or cool beneath the surface, they are subjected to weathering and interaction with descending meteoric waters.’
    • ‘It is thus apparent that the upper oolitic shoals were temporarily subaerially exposed, receiving meteoric water and probably allowing the formation of a lens of fresh water in the subsurface.’
    • ‘These bones may have been reworked from previous depositional settings in contact with meteoric ground waters.’