noun me·te·or \ˈmē-tē-ər, -ˌr\

: a piece of rock or metal that burns and glows brightly in the sky as it falls from outer space into the Earth's atmosphere

Full Definition of METEOR

:  an atmospheric phenomenon (as lightning or a snowfall)
a :  any of the small particles of matter in the solar system that are directly observable only by their incandescence from frictional heating on entry into the atmosphere
b :  the streak of light produced by the passage of a meteor

Origin of METEOR

Middle English metheour, from Middle French meteore, from Medieval Latin meteorum, from Greek meteōron, from neuter of meteōros high in air, from meta- + -eōros, from aeirein to lift
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, retrograde, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith
METEOR Defined for Kids


noun me·te·or \ˈmē-tē-ər\

Definition of METEOR for Kids

:  one of the small pieces of matter in the solar system that enter the earth's atmosphere where friction may cause them to glow and form a streak of light


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