shooting star

noun

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

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First Known Use of shooting star

1593


SHOOTING STAR Defined for English Language Learners

shooting star

noun

Definition of shooting star for English Language Learners

  • : a streak of light in the night sky that looks like a star falling but that is actually a piece of rock or metal (called a meteor) falling from outer space into the Earth's atmosphere


SHOOTING STAR Defined for Kids

shooting star

noun

Definition of shooting star for Students

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


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