Definition of shooting star in US English:

shooting star

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said she had seen a brilliant green shooting star earlier in the evening.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The girl tilted her head back, once again hoping for that shooting star, for a flicker of hope of a granted wish.’
    • ‘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 then looked at us, and said, ‘Look, shooting star!’’
    • ‘However, the meteors or shooting stars last for only a few seconds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tiny meteors, commonly called shooting stars, hit the earth's atmosphere and turn into fiery streaks.’
    • ‘A sudden gleam shined brightly in the pale pink and yellow horizon, falling downward to earth like a shooting star.’
    • ‘It's a piece of a shooting star that falls to Earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within a minute we saw a slow red shooting star cross the summer night sky.’
    • ‘It was falling down fast like a shooting star or a meteor and I was waiting to hear an explosion.’
    • ‘It was not a satellite, meteor or shooting star.’
    • ‘Small shooting stars tore through the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Where the heck is this shooting star of yours, anyway?’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At this time of year, hikers can be on the alert for early buttercups, shooting stars in the foothills and moss phlox.’

Pronunciation

shooting star

/ˈˌSHo͞odiNG ˈˌstär//ˈˌʃudɪŋ ˈˌstɑr/