shooting star


: a visual meteor appearing as a temporary streak of light in the night sky
: any of several North American perennial herbs (genus Dodecatheon, especially D. meadia) of the primrose family that have entire oblong leaves and showy flowers with reflexed petals
: one resembling a shooting star especially in sudden and temporary brilliance

Examples of shooting star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seventeen also posted a video of the performance from the Macao show, in which the band’s members sit atop a large rectangular video display as the enormous screen behind them displays a pastel moon and clouds bisected by shooting stars. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 24 Jan. 2024 While a single satellite crosses the night sky like an uncannily smoothly shooting star, Starlink satellites are often seen in ‘‘trains,’’ roving the sky in linear formation. Jaime Green, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2023 Fortunately for us, most of these small pieces of debris burn up in the atmosphere before reaching the ground — and that's what produces a meteor, or shooting star. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2024 In ideal conditions, viewers can expect to see about 50 to 100 shooting stars crossing the sky per hour, according to NASA. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Jan. 2024 Additionally, his custom Rolls-Royce Ghost flexes a ceiling of twinkling lights mimicking a galaxy of stars — including shooting stars. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 October is an exciting time for space activity, between the approaching solar eclipse and the Hunter's Moon, but throughout the month, shooting stars will soar through the sky because two meteor showers will be in effect. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2023 From shooting stars to prime planet sightings, here’s what to watch for this month. Jan. 4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peak Every year, the Quadrantids meteor shower lights up the sky from around Dec. 26 through Jan. 16. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 2 Jan. 2024 Spotting a price tag on a Dyson item is like seeing a shooting star...if the shooting star was a curling iron. Sarah Han, Allure, 19 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shooting star was in 1593

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“Shooting star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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shooting star

: a meteor appearing as a temporary streak of light in the night sky

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