meteorite

noun
me·​te·​or·​ite | \ ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrīt How to pronounce meteorite (audio) \

Definition of meteorite

: a meteor that reaches the surface of the earth without being completely vaporized

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Other Words from meteorite

meteoritic \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce meteoritic (audio) \ or less commonly meteoritical \ -​ti-​kəl How to pronounce meteoritical (audio) \ adjective

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The event will include real examples of meteorites that fell in Michigan and around the world. Detroit Free Press, "Cranbrook offers to check out suspected meteorites," 18 Jan. 2018 The mineral came from the Uakit meteorite, named for the Russian location where it was found. Kimberly Hickok, Fox News, "Mineral never seen on Earth found inside Russian meteorite," 2 Oct. 2018 Take Brother Consolmagno’s early work on meteorites, the chunks of alien rock and metal that hit Earth after a meteor burns through the atmosphere. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky," 21 Dec. 2018 At first, it was thought that the hole may have been caused by a tiny meteorite slamming into the Soyuz. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking to figure out the origin of a mysterious spacecraft hole," 11 Dec. 2018 Researchers believe that carbon in meteorites slamming into a planet’s early atmosphere can react with nitrogen to form hydrogen cyanide. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "This distant planet is one of the best places to search for alien life," 3 Aug. 2018 There are some non-biological explanations for the detection -- this combination of compounds has also been found in meteorites. Sarah Kaplan, BostonGlobe.com, "Newest NASA discoveries could boost search for ancient life on Mars," 8 June 2018 Consider, for example, that the Mbozi meteorite in Tanzania, which scientists first spotted in 1930, is just 10 feet (3 m) long but weighs 18 tons (16 metric tons). Mike Wall, Space.com, "Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work," 24 Aug. 2018 In the study, a research team found that the Almahata Sitta meteorite once belonged to a protoplanet, one of tens of early worlds that experienced impacts and buildups to ultimately create the rocky planets in our solar system. Doris Elin Salazar, Scientific American, "Diamonds in Meteorite May Come from a Lost Planet," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of meteorite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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meteorite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of meteorite

: a piece of rock or metal that has fallen to the ground from outer space : a meteor that reaches the surface of the Earth without burning up entirely

meteorite

noun
me·​te·​or·​ite | \ ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrīt How to pronounce meteorite (audio) \

Kids Definition of meteorite

: a meteor that reaches the surface of the earth

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