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 \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​ˈri-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce meteoritical (audio) \ adjective

Examples of meteorite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hodges, who died in 1972, used the meteorite as a doorstop before donating it to the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Fireball' shows the awesome power of meteorites, asteroids hitting Earth: Top 5 danger moments," 14 Nov. 2020 Researchers identified 2600 organic compounds on the meteorite, which were mostly heavy, complex hydrocarbons. Rachael Zisk, Popular Science, "Pristine 'fireball’ meteorite contains extraterrestrial organic compounds," 29 Oct. 2020 The Ramgarh crater in northern India was formed millions of years ago when a large meteorite crashed into Earth. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Fireball Is Werner Herzog’s Ode to Space Rocks," 12 Nov. 2020 Alsace, in France, is where a gigantic meteorite hit in 1492, a scant seven days after Columbus arrived in the Caribbean. The Christian Science Monitor, "Goodness gracious: ‘Fireball’ captures how meteors shape our planet," 11 Nov. 2020 In a New Mexico town whose claim to fame is a meteorite that landed there decades ago, two Latina teens decide this is the year a brown girl finally wins the Miss Meteor pageant. oregonlive, "17 books to check out during the 2020 Portland Book Festival," 3 Nov. 2020 At villages in northwestern and central Alaska, from McGrath to Wainwright, people saw what scientists think was a meteorite — a rock falling from space burning up and breaking apart in the thick air surrounding Earth. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Tracking down a fireball in the sky over Alaska," 25 Oct. 2020 Having survived the trip down to our planet’s surface, the cosmic chunk is technically a meteorite, or a meteor that makes it through the atmosphere intact. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Christie’s Auction House Offers 29-Pound Hunk of Moon for $2.5 Million," 5 May 2020 Wunmi Mosaku hit American screens this year like a meteorite. Karen L. Smith-janssen, Vogue, "Lovecraft Country’s Wunmi Mosaku On Her New Film His House and the Particular Power of Horror," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of meteorite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2020

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“Meteorite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of meteorite

: a meteor that reaches the surface of the earth

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