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

Other Words from meteorite

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

Examples of meteorite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Numerical modeling looking at the distribution and density of the particles suggested that the meteorite would have been between 100 meters and 150 meters wide. Katie Hunt, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 More muddled data about life on Mars arrived in 1996, when scientists discovered what could have been microbial microfossils inside a Martian meteorite found in Antarctica. Natalie Elliot, Scientific American, 23 Nov. 2021 In 1996 President Bill Clinton heralded the discovery of a meteorite from Mars, ALH84001, that appeared to contain signs of life. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2021 Some residents wondered if a meteorite or an aircraft might be behind the mystery, one that generated some complaints next door in Massachusetts., 12 Oct. 2021 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with meteorite dial in 18-karat white gold, $34,050; J. Press cotton shirt, $135. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2021 Each of the watches features a fine meteorite dial selected for their gorgeous colors and rich patterns. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Life on Earth uses 20 amino acids, but many more have been identified within meteorite samples that have fallen to the ground. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Nov. 2020 Victoria News reports how Ruth Hamilton—who lives in a the town called Golden in the province of British Columbia—was catching some Zs on Oct. 4 while others in the area were captivated by a meteorite streaming through the night sky. al, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of meteorite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Meteorite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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


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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