Definition of shooting star in English:

shooting star

noun

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

    • ‘It was not a satellite, meteor or shooting star.’
    • ‘A sudden gleam shined brightly in the pale pink and yellow horizon, falling downward to earth like a shooting star.’
    • ‘She said she had seen a brilliant green shooting star earlier in the evening.’
    • ‘It was falling down fast like a shooting star or a meteor and I was waiting to hear an explosion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a piece of a shooting star that falls to Earth.’
    • ‘However, the meteors or shooting stars last for only a few seconds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Small shooting stars tore through the atmosphere.’
    • ‘She then looked at us, and said, ‘Look, shooting star!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Diego whispered, ‘So what did you wish for on that shooting star?’’
    • ‘Where the heck is this shooting star of yours, anyway?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tiny meteors, commonly called shooting stars, hit the earth's atmosphere and turn into fiery streaks.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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.

Pronunciation:

shooting star

/ˈˌSHo͞odiNG ˈˌstär/