tektite

noun
tek·​tite | \ ˈtek-ˌtīt How to pronounce tektite (audio) \

Definition of tektite

: a glassy body of probably meteoritic origin and of rounded but indefinite shape

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Other Words from tektite

tektitic \ tek-​ˈti-​tik How to pronounce tektite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tektite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first clues leading to the impact site came from small, pebble-like glassy objects called tektites. Michelle Lim, CNN, "A huge meteorite smashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago. We may have finally found the crater," 9 Jan. 2020 Scientists have largely been able to determine the source crater for tektites, with the exception of one -- the Australasian field. Michelle Lim, CNN, "A huge meteorite smashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago. We may have finally found the crater," 9 Jan. 2020 The composition of those beads, or tektites, further suggests that they were formed when a massive asteroid slammed into the Earth with the force of 10 billion Hiroshimas and ended the Cretaceous period. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Digging into our planet’s history," 22 July 2019 In many K-Pg sites, the tektites formed a discrete layer—but not at Tanis. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 These tektites formed in the Earth atmosphere in the aftermath of the asteroid or comet smashing into the Earth. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019 Tree resin at the site managed to catch some tektites before becoming fossilized as amber. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 The tektites would have been nearly falling from space, falling down to Earth at terminal velocities between 100 and 200 miles per hour, the scientists estimate. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019 They're not just buried, but buried with glass beads known as tektites. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of tektite

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tektite

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek tēktos molten, from tēkein to melt — more at thaw

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The first known use of tektite was in 1909

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“Tektite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tektite. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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