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

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Other Words from meteoric

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

Examples of meteoric in a Sentence

a meteoric rise to fame
Recent Examples on the Web Following a recount, Katz was declared the winner by fifty-five votes, but either way, Cabán’s emergence and meteoric rise demonstrated that the grip of the New York Democratic machine is slackening. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 Roman has done this dance before with a dual-threat quarterback, serving as offensive coordinator during Colin Kaepernick's meteoric rise with the 49ers. Si Wire,, "Ravens vs. Dolphins Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 8 Sep. 2019 Switch now to the National Tennis Center in New York, where Williams has steamrolled through the draw and Andreescu has continued her meteoric rise. Bruce Jenkins,, "It’s Serena vs. a great admirer in U.S. Open final," 6 Sep. 2019 The Panthers need that number to drop, allow the meteoric rise of running back Christian McCaffrey to continue and hope Newton doesn’t regress in his ninth NFL season. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFC preview: Will new coaching staff propel Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay back to title chase?," 5 Sep. 2019 Zao has faced similar questions about its terms of service during its meteoric rise. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Deepfake App Zao Makes You a Movie Star. But It Also Raises Big Privacy Concerns," 4 Sep. 2019 Also underlying the meteoric rise of skincare is a complex desire to defy the process of aging. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Ulta is struggling because of your boring beauty routine," 30 Aug. 2019 Successive promotions saw the visitors make a meteoric rise form the third-tier to the top-flight, taking them from sub-1,000 crowds to nights such as this in Milan in the space of two years., "Inter vs Lecce Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Buy Tickets & Kick Off Time," 23 Aug. 2019 That spring was significant for another reason, too: An intense young man with wary, hooded eyes and fiercely anti-immigrant views graduated from college and began a meteoric rise as a Republican operative. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of meteoric

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of meteoric

: very sudden or fast
: marked by very quick success


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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