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

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Individual shooting stars will appear to stream from the shower's namesake constellation Lyra. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Spring meteor shower, and more top star-gazing events in April," 1 Apr. 2019 My first attempt at shooting star trails was with a Canon Rebel XSi and the EF-S 10-22mm. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography," 28 Mar. 2017 As many as 100 meteors, or shooting stars, can be seen per hour during the shower's peak between Saturday and Monday. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Coming up! A good weekend for viewing Perseid meteor showers," 7 Aug. 2018 At night, the crew on watch duty passes the hours by counting shooting stars—sometimes hundreds. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 Among the peculiarities of racing’s business model is that its biggest stars tend to be shooting stars, appearing only briefly before disappearing from public view and entering stud service. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown winner Justify makes it look easy in Belmont victory," 9 June 2018 So that might be the best time to go looking for shooting stars. Richard Tribou,, "Mars in opposition highlight of July's night sky," 3 July 2018 Neither is going to end up calling the city of Louisville home necessarily, but these shooting stars passed close enough. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Romeo Langford, Charles Bassey make Louisville-area 2018 class special," 15 June 2018 The atmosphere vaporizes the shooting star much as your windshield smashes an unlucky insect. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "The Lyrid meteor shower peaks Saturday night: Viewing tips," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of shooting star

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shooting star

: 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

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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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