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 In the past week, rangers identified Henderson’s shooting star, California manroot, California poppy, Fremont’s death camas, Pacific hounds’ tongue, warrior’s plume and Tomcat clover. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wildflowers are starting to bloom. Here's where to see them in the Bay Area and California," 1 Apr. 2021 Kirby will never be remembered as a member of Nintendo’s high pantheon, but his prime directive — absorbing new powers and blasting off on a shooting star — never got old. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on Nintendo Switch Online," 30 Mar. 2021 No one was taking the time to unplug, watch the colors of a sunset, see a shooting star or feel the wind in their hair. Jim Ryan, Forbes, "Ritchie Blackmore And Candice Night On New Album And Carving Out A Unique Niche Outside The Mainstream Via Blackmore’s Night," 5 Mar. 2021 In its promotional spots, there is a clicking sound when the shooting star arcs around the famous company logo and connects with the plus sign. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Disney+. Apple TV+. Paramount+. How the plus sign won the streaming wars," 21 Dec. 2020 Brosseau rose through the system like a shooting star, learning how to play every infield position and left field while knocking the cover off the ball. Mike Hutton,, "Hutton: Andrean’s Mike Brosseau takes the back roads to make it big with the Tampa Bay Rays," 30 Oct. 2020 The urine is transformed into the next day’s water, while the feces are compressed in a removable container and eventually dispatched on a special trash spacecraft that burns up in the atmosphere in the majestic manner of a shooting star. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Who Knew a Space Toilet Could Mean So Much?," 12 Oct. 2020 The star pointer is used to capture collectibles called star bits, shooting star bits at foes or activating pull stars, which have a gravitational pull that yanks Mario toward them. Washington Post, "The greatness of ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ is undermined by poor controls on Switch," 23 Sep. 2020 The shooting star show will peak during the late evening hours of Aug. 11 and early morning hours of Aug. 12. Leada Gore |, al, "Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight: Times, how to see shooting stars," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shooting star

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 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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