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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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 These shooting stars originate as trailing dusty leftovers from the famed Comet Halley. Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, "The sun shines brightly on a ‘full’ Jupiter in May," 28 Apr. 2018 Fast forward to 1803, and newspaper articles tell of a Lyrid meteor storm that was widely witnessed across the eastern United States, with shooting stars continually falling in just about every direction, like rockets in reverse. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "How to See the 2018 Lyrid Meteor Shower," 20 Apr. 2018 Usually goes from a brilliant light on the horizon to this enormous thing hovering nearby to a light streaking away in the opposite direction, at the speed of a shooting star. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Publishing the Best of the Desert: An Interview With Ken Layne," 25 Apr. 2018 People hoping to catch a glimpse of a shooting star should turn their gaze to the sky this weekend. Leada Gore,, "Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend: Best times, place to see shooting stars," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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