Meteor

Definition of Meteor

Me´te`or
n.1.
1.Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.
Hail, an ordinary meteor.
- Bp. Hall.
2.Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
The vaulty top of heaven
Figured quite o'er with burning meteors.
- Shak.
3.A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a shooting star.

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aerolite, asteroids, aurora particles, blackout, bolide, chondrite, cosmic dust, cosmic particles, cosmic ray bombardment, fireball, intergalactic matter, meteor crater, meteor dust, meteor dust impacts, meteor shower, meteor swarm, meteor trail, meteor train, meteoric shower, meteorite, meteoroid, meteorolite, meteors, micrometeorite, micrometeoroid, radiant, radiant point, radiation, shooting star, siderite, siderolite, space bullets, tektite, the bends, weightlessness
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