me·​te·​or | \ ˈmē-tē-ər How to pronounce meteor (audio) , -ˌȯr \

Definition of meteor

1 : an atmospheric phenomenon (such as lightning or a snowfall)
2a : 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

Examples of meteor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the northern lights, the park is home to excellent stargazing and frequent meteor showers. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 Televisions, computers, and smartphones have also improved the quality of life when used in moderation, when not preventing us from experiencing wind, rivers, sky, meteor showers, trees, soil, and wild animals. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 15 Jan. 2022 Stargazers might be over the moon to learn there will be two supermoons, a total eclipse, and meteor showers sprinkled throughout the year. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 4 Jan. 2022 Why not do a little stargazing on the way? Check out the full Vacation Renter study additional information, including data on seasonal meteor showers and lodging tips to optimize those starry nights. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 30 Dec. 2021 Like all meteor showers, the best way to see as many shooting stars as possible is to find a viewing location away from city lights and wait for about 20 minutes to let your eyes fully adjust to the late-night or predawn darkness. Andrew Fazekas, Science, 30 Dec. 2021 This will let your eyes adjust to the dark skies and spot the meteor showers. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Dec. 2021 The Geminids are one of the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2021 Night sky enthusiasts are gearing up to enjoy one of the best meteor showers of 2021, the Geminids, which peak on Monday night into Tuesday morning. Adam Mann, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of meteor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Meteor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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me·​te·​or | \ ˈmē-tē-ər How to pronounce meteor (audio) \

Kids Definition of meteor

: 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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