Definition of meteorite in 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.

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