micrometeorite

noun
mi·​cro·​me·​te·​or·​ite | \ˌmī-krō-ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrīt \

Definition of micrometeorite 

1 : a meteorite so small that it can pass through the earth's atmosphere without becoming intensely heated

2 : a very small particle in interplanetary space

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Other Words from micrometeorite

micrometeoritic \ -​ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​ˈri-​tik \ adjective

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On top of that, there are micrometeorites that come in on the moon. Sydney Pereira, Newsweek, "Life on the Moon: NASA Technologist Describes Our Future Lunar Colony," 16 Dec. 2017 To investigate the rocky space rain, Heck and his colleagues collected samples of micrometeorites more than 466 million years old from rock formations in the St. Petersburg region of Russia. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Asteroid Collision Is Still Raining Space Rocks Down on Earth," 25 Jan. 2017 The hollow could provide stable temperature conditions and protection from micrometeorites and cosmic ray radiation, Junichi Haruyama, a senior JAXA researcher, tells McCurry. Rachel Riederer, Smithsonian, "Out-of-This-World Facts for International Observe the Moon Night," 28 Oct. 2017 The not-so-great balls of fire—now the oldest micrometeorites ever found—started out as hunks of mostly iron and nickel. National Geographic, "World’s Oldest Space Pebbles Found in Australia," 11 May 2016 The not-so-great balls of fire—now the oldest micrometeorites ever found—started out as hunks of mostly iron and nickel. Andrew Tomkins, National Geographic, "World’s Oldest Space Pebbles Found in Australia," 11 May 2016 Its main job is to keep the craft from being punctured by micrometeorites like an expensive balloon. Vince Beiser, WIRED, "Hotel Biz Zillionaire’s Next Venture? Inflatable Space Pods.," 23 Oct. 2007 To investigate the rocky space rain, Heck and his colleagues collected samples of micrometeorites more than 466 million years old from rock formations in the St. Petersburg region of Russia. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Asteroid Collision Is Still Raining Space Rocks Down on Earth," 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of micrometeorite

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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