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 Obayashi films are filled with what have become his trademark motifs — colorful Japanese festivals, dripping blood, marching doll-like soldiers, shooting stars and winding cobblestone roads — all with a faraway fairy-tale feel. Washington Post, "Obayashi’s 40-film career defined by warning of war’s horror," 28 Oct. 2019 For one thing, the Warriors, due to contractual vagaries, could not offer their shooting star more than $4.5 million. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Gilbert Arenas says he lived on $400 per month in his two years with Warriors," 26 Aug. 2019 This year, shooting stars should be visible in the nights and early mornings of August 11, 12 and 13, with the shower’s peak occurring in the predawn hours of August 12. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Celestial Events You Don’t Want to Miss in 2020," 14 Jan. 2020 Lots of Southern California companies have famous logos, including Walt Disney Co. with its castle and shooting star overlaid with a script typeface. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s best logo belongs to Western Truck Exchange. Prove us wrong," 2 Jan. 2020 Each look has its own distinct flair; some artists are drawing tiny clouds on their noses, others are matching their cheekbone skies to eye looks, and still more are also drawing on shooting stars. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Cloud Cheek Makeup Is the Prettiest Valentine's Day Beauty Trend," 14 Feb. 2020 The shooting star Five years ago, Scooby Wright was coming off a dominant sophomore season at the University of Arizona. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Different roads to the XFL: How the new league has helped resurrect some dreams, and keep others alive," 8 Feb. 2020 Again, Larsen was merely a shooting star, easily missed. Bruce Jenkins,, "‘Perfect’ Don Larsen had some Giants moments, too," 3 Jan. 2020 Some meteor showers last days, with above-average but not spectacular numbers of shooting stars visible all night. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "The First Meteor Shower of 2020 Is About to Hit… With Fireballs!," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of shooting star

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Mar 2020

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“Shooting star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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