meteor

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noun me·te·or \ˈmē-tē-ər, -ˌȯr\

Definition of meteor

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

  2. 2 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 and Etymology 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



METEOR Defined for English Language Learners

meteor

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noun me·te·or \ˈmē-tē-ər, -ˌȯr\

Definition of meteor for English Language Learners

  • : 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


METEOR Defined for Kids

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noun me·te·or \ˈmē-tē-ər\

Definition of meteor for Students

  1. :  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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