Definition of meteorite in US English:



  • A meteor that survives its passage through the earth's atmosphere such that part of it strikes the ground. More than 90 percent of meteorites are of rock, while the remainder consist wholly or partly of iron and nickel.

    • ‘It is brought to us by such solar system visitors as meteorites, which burn up or fragment and drift as fine particles through the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Grouped with iron meteorites, these are pieces from the cores of fledgling planets destroyed by collisions when the Solar System formed.’
    • ‘Meteorites contain platinum and meteorites have been landing on earth for billions of years already.’
    • ‘As the newly launched Sputnik satellite orbits earth, a strange meteorite approaches the planet.’
    • ‘They are very similar in composition to the carbonaceous chondrite meteorites that sometimes fall on Earth.’
    • ‘The Martian meteorite crashes through the Earth's atmosphere - a blazing fireball.’
    • ‘That is how fragments of the asteroid belt can end up crashing into Earth as meteorites.’
    • ‘The age of the carbonates can be clearly determined, and some very old ones had been found on certain asteroids and meteorites.’
    • ‘A safe containing moon rocks and meteorites was stolen from the Johnson Space Center in Houston on July 15.’
    • ‘When meteorites hit nearby worlds, they kick up bits of rock, some of which might have enough speed to escape from their planet entirely.’
    • ‘One possible source of such untainted data are Earth's lunar meteorites.’
    • ‘Small impactors deliver meteorites, while large ones infrequently wreak global devastation.’
    • ‘It has been identified in carbonaceous achondrite and iron meteorites.’
    • ‘About 1.8 billion years ago, a meteorite or comet the size of Mount Everest slammed into what is now Canada.’
    • ‘Other Moon rocks brought back by the Apollo astronauts have helped in understanding the lunar meteorites found on Earth.’
    • ‘It is possible that something may have been at the end of this, a piece of rock, a meteorite.’
    • ‘Other sources of high iridium concentrations are extraterrestrial objects, such as meteorites or comets.’
    • ‘On display are minerals, fossils, meteorites, and some rocks, most of which are of reference quality.’
    • ‘The most recent major extinction occurred 65 million years ago when a meteorite crashed into Earth, leading to the demise of the dinosaurs.’
    • ‘A good case has already been made for bacteria microfossils in a Martian meteorite.’