me·​te·​or | \ ˈmē-tē-ər How to pronounce meteor (audio) , -ˌȯr \

Definition of meteor

1 : an atmospheric phenomenon (such as lightning or a snowfall)
2a : any of the small particles of matter in the solar system that are directly observable only by their incandescence from frictional heating on entry into the atmosphere
b : the streak of light produced by the passage of a meteor

Examples of meteor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The military may not want to bother going on the record stating an object is actually a goose, balloon, plane, or meteor. Andrew Follett, National Review, 21 May 2021 Since near-identical lunar eclipses occur almost exactly every 19 years, some have speculated that both impacts were caused by the same minor Sagittarids/Capriconids meteor shower. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 15 May 2021 May 4 - 6: On Tuesday morning, the first big event of May’s night sky begins with the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 4 May 2021 The other is the Orionid meteor shower, which occurs each October. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning, giving curious viewers the opportunity to see debris from the famous Halley's Comet. Julia Musto, Fox News, 5 May 2021 It’s known as one of the best meteor showers to catch due to the heavy bombardment of showers; averaging 30 meteors per hour in the northern hemisphere. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 4 May 2021 As with all meteor showers, the darker the sky, the more visible the Lyrids will be. Ada Wood And Ashley Strickland, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is considered a medium astrological event with a clear sky without light pollution. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of meteor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meteor

Middle English metheour, from Middle French meteore, from Medieval Latin meteorum, from Greek meteōron, from neuter of meteōros high in air, from meta- + -eōros, from aeirein to lift

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12 Jun 2021

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“Meteor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of meteor

: a piece of rock or metal that burns and glows brightly in the sky as it falls from outer space into the Earth's atmosphere


me·​te·​or | \ ˈmē-tē-ər How to pronounce meteor (audio) \

Kids Definition of meteor

: one of the small pieces of matter in the solar system that enter the earth's atmosphere where friction may cause them to glow and form a streak of light

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