Definition of


  1. (noun, object) (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere
  2. (noun, phenomenon) a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode

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Synonyms of Meteor

meteoroid, shooting star

Origin of the word Meteor

  1. late 15c., "any atmospheric phenomenon," from M.Fr. meteore (13c.), from M.L. meteorum (nom. meteora), from Gk. ta meteora "the celestial phenomena," pl. of meteoron, lit. "thing high up," neut. of meteoros (adj.) "high up," from meta- "over, beyond" (see meta-) + -aoros "lifted, hovering in air," related to aeir… more

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