shooting star


Definition of shooting star

1 : a visual meteor appearing as a temporary streak of light in the night sky
2 : 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
3 : one resembling a shooting star especially in sudden and temporary brilliance

Examples of shooting star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Lora Lee was a shooting star — one that would quickly crash-land. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 Wildflowers found at various elevations include mountain shooting star, Western columbine, Elephant’s Head, and slim larkspur. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 But Lora Lee was a shooting star — one that would quickly crash-land. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Arnold’s signature wrestling move is the shooting star press. Matt Wake |, al, 5 May 2022 Perhaps this comes down to which shooting star can carry his team, Kansas’s Ochai Agbaji or Carolina’s Caleb Love. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Suddenly, Poole is a shooting star in both senses, handling the ball, breaking down defenses, working the offense. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2022 Beneath the glass case, which was crafted at the Fluid workshop in Belle-Île, France, a shooting star in gold, diamonds and rubies indicates the time on a 24-hour dial. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 Women aficionados have not been forgotten in the mix—after all, says Renier, ladies’ watches represent half the brand’s production–including a new movement this year in the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star, a complication that simulates a shooting star. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shooting star

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Jun 2022

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“Shooting star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of shooting star

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

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