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 meteoroidal (audio) \ adjective

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Even a tiny meteor that burned up in our atmosphere sent an alarming meteoroid arcing across the Michigan sky a few days ago. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Let’s talk about the big scary asteroid that’s NOT going to hit Earth," 21 Jan. 2018 Those processes include bombardment by meteoroids and charged particles from Jupiter's powerful radiation belts. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Noctilucent clouds form around the poles in the summer months, when ice crystallizes around shards of disintegrating meteoroids, volcanic dust, and even rocket plumes 50 miles above the surface, according to NASA. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to capture the eerie nighttime clouds of climate change," 6 July 2018 But no one could tell whether the gas was a byproduct of microbial life, the result of geological reactions or a side effect of meteoroids and cosmic dust raining down on the planet. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Mars Rover Curiosity Finds More Clues to the Potential for Life," 7 June 2018 Cooke estimated the meteoroid was about 1 to 2 yards across and weighed more than a metric ton. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "An explanation for the Michigan fireball and quake, and a chance to pick up pieces," 17 Jan. 2018 Tiny meteoroids are likely to blame for these Martian metals. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Mars Has Metal in Its Atmosphere," 13 Apr. 2017 The meteoroids slam into the atmosphere at high speeds and vaporize. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Mars Has Metal in Its Atmosphere," 13 Apr. 2017 Electronic signals indicated that Skylab’s heat shield, which protected the space laboratory from meteoroids and high temperatures, had been sheared off during liftoff. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Paul Weitz, astronaut who helped repair Skylab and commanded space shuttle, dies at 85," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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