Definition of shooting star in US English:

shooting star

noun

  • 1A small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere.

    • ‘It's a piece of a shooting star that falls to Earth.’
    • ‘A sudden gleam shined brightly in the pale pink and yellow horizon, falling downward to earth like a shooting star.’
    • ‘It was falling down fast like a shooting star or a meteor and I was waiting to hear an explosion.’
    • ‘Within a minute we saw a slow red shooting star cross the summer night sky.’
    • ‘The girl tilted her head back, once again hoping for that shooting star, for a flicker of hope of a granted wish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Small shooting stars tore through the atmosphere.’
    • ‘It flew silently, lower and faster than any airplane normally would, and slower and longer than any shooting star I've ever witnessed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She then looked at us, and said, ‘Look, shooting star!’’
    • ‘However, the meteors or shooting stars last for only a few seconds.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tiny meteors, commonly called shooting stars, hit the earth's atmosphere and turn into fiery streaks.’
    • ‘She said she had seen a brilliant green shooting star earlier in the evening.’
  • 2A North American plant of the primrose family, 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: several species, especially D. meadia

    • ‘Near the trail, there are shooting stars under the trees, and Indian paintbrush is visible between rocks.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

shooting star

/ˈˌSHo͞odiNG ˈˌstär//ˈˌʃudɪŋ ˈˌstɑr/