meteoroid

noun
me·​te·​or·​oid | \ ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrȯid How to pronounce meteoroid (audio) \

Definition of meteoroid

1 : a meteor particle itself without relation to the phenomena it produces when entering the earth's atmosphere
2 : a meteor in orbit around the sun

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Other Words from meteoroid

meteoroidal \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​ˈrȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce meteoroid (audio) \ adjective

Examples of meteoroid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The light's green hue is likely due to the magnesium contained in the meteoroid. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, told Space.com that a meteoroid is essentially space debris. Nancy Clanton, ajc, 12 Apr. 2021 Whereas, a meteor is the streak of light seen when an asteroid or meteoroid enter's the Earth's atmosphere, according to NASA. Julia Musto, Fox News, 9 Mar. 2021 If an asteroid or meteoroid does not burn up before impact, it is called a meteorite. Julia Musto, Fox News, 9 Mar. 2021 After traveling more than 800 miles through the atmosphere, this 132-pound meteoroid flew back into space, according to a paper published in December 2019. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 27 Sep. 2020 Developing film Don’t Look Up would position the Oscar winners as a pair of astronomers whose work leads to the terrifying discovery that a large meteoroid is headed straight for Earth. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 12 May 2020 As for the Australian meteoroid, his simulations suggest that repeated encounters with Jupiter will most likely have kicked it out of the solar system within half a million years. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2020 The July 2017 event is known as a grazing fireball, a rare type of meteoroid that hits Earth’s atmosphere at a low angle, then skims like a skipping stone on a lake. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of meteoroid

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meteoroid was in 1865

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“Meteoroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meteoroid. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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