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

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Ray and Ms Abramović suggest ingredients of wooden blocks and meteorites, respectively, while both Mr Ruscha and Ms Oates offer a recipe for omelettes. R.d.v., The Economist, "Why does anyone care what famous artists ate?," 6 Sep. 2019 The most likely explanation, Jones reports, is that the lustrous spot isn’t really a gel, but is some form of shiny melted glass created when a meteorite struck the moon. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "China Claims Lunar Rover Found a Gel-Like Substance on the Moon," 3 Sep. 2019 If a meteor survives and lands on the Earth's surface, it's called a meteorite. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Suspected meteorite crashes into rice field in India," 26 July 2019 The probable meteorite was brownish in color and weighed about 33 pounds, the Times reports. Fox News, "Indian farmers shocked as 'fireball-like' object crashes into rice field," 27 July 2019 The easiest way to distinguish a meteorite from an Earth rock is usually by its shiny, burnt exterior. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Rice farmers shocked after possible meteorite crash lands in Indian village," 26 July 2019 Once taken in hand and placed under a microscope each meteorite is revelatory. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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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