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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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

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Discover dinosaur skeletons, Ice Age fossils, meteorites, and more at Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History (11 Barrett Hill Drive, 413-542-2165, Lauren Daley,, "Marijuana getaways in Massachusetts: Where to buy pot and stay the weekend," 20 Aug. 2019 Due to extreme temperatures, no oxygen, the threat of meteorites, and the constant barrage of radiation from the sun, our lunar crib will have to be built like a castle. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Would a 21st Century Moon Base Look Like?," 21 July 2019 Astronomers believe Chesapeake Bay was formed by a gigantic meteorite impact about 35 million years ago. NBC News, "Meteor showers: What they are and how to watch them," 2 Aug. 2019 There were many theories, from a malfunctioning satellite to a meteorite landing in the Indian Ocean. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sheep Glands Point to Nukes as Source of Mysterious 1979 Explosion," 12 Sep. 2018 Inside are meteorites recovered from Antarctic ice and grains of material believed to predate the formation of our solar system. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How Apollo moon rocks reveal the epic history of the cosmos," 15 July 2019 Wadhwa, 50, is a meteoritics researcher at Arizona State University who focuses on how meteorites can tell stories about the early solar system. Quanta Magazine, "The Woman Who Gets Called When a Piece of Mars Falls From the Sky," 18 Dec. 2018 Assuming a reasonable velocity of 20 kilometers per second, an iron meteorite with a diameter of about 1.5 kilometers (just under a mile) would make a crater this size. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice," 18 Nov. 2018 Meteors that reach the surface without burning up completely are known as meteorites. Currie Engel, Time, "The Peak of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Is Coming. Here's How to Watch It," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of meteorite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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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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