me·​te·​or·​ic | \ ˌmē-tē-ˈȯr-ik How to pronounce meteoric (audio) , -ˈär- \

Definition of meteoric

1a : of or relating to a meteor
b : resembling a meteor in speed or in sudden and temporary brilliance a meteoric rise to fame
2 : of, relating to, or derived from the earth's atmosphere meteoric water

Other Words from meteoric

meteorically \ ˌmē-​tē-​ˈȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce meteoric (audio) , -​ˈär-​ \ adverb

Examples of meteoric in a Sentence

a meteoric rise to fame
Recent Examples on the Web Thus began his meteoric rise through the parent company, Sears. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Smith’s departure was always inevitable, but Walker’s meteoric rise during his lone season on the Plains changed the dynamic for Pearl and his staff heading into next season. Tom Green |, al, 3 May 2022 The former five-star recruit enjoyed a meteoric rise in his lone season as a starter for Georgia, helping the school win its first national title since 1980. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Rice, who has a meteoric rise over the last few seasons, has become an integral part of Gareth Southgate’s England side as well as being a stand-in captain for the Hammers. Liam Canning, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Three years earlier, Lux completed his meteoric rise through the Dodgers’ system with a stunning 49-game display in Oklahoma City. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 San Diego County experienced a substantial drop in prices not long after a meteoric rise in 2004. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Part of what makes the decision to leave coal behind so difficult is the legacy of the Chinese coal industry, which has powered the country’s meteoric economic rise. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 That's a meteoric rise without grinding through a college season. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of meteoric

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 May 2022

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“Meteoric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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me·​te·​or·​ic | \ ˌmē-tē-ˈȯr-ik How to pronounce meteoric (audio) \

Kids Definition of meteoric

1 : of or relating to a meteor meteoric impacts
2 : like a meteor in speed or in sudden and temporary success a meteoric career

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