meteor

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmiːtiər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmitiɚ, -ˌɔr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(mētē ər, -ôr′)


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me•te•or /ˈmitiɚ, -ˌɔr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Astronomy
    • a meteoroid that has entered the earth's atmosphere.
    • a short-lasting, fiery streak in the sky produced by a meteoroid passing through the earth's atmosphere.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
me•te•or  (mētē ər, -ôr′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Astronomy
    • a meteoroid that has entered the earth's atmosphere.
    • a transient fiery streak in the sky produced by a meteoroid passing through the earth's atmosphere;
      a shooting star or bolide.
  2. any person or object that moves, progresses, becomes famous, etc., with spectacular speed.
  3. (formerly) any atmospheric phenomenon, as hail or a typhoon.
  4. Military(cap.) Britain's first operational jet fighter, a twin-engine aircraft that entered service in 1944.
mete•or•like′, adj. 
  • Greek metéōron meteor, a thing in the air, noun, nominal use of neuter of metéōros raised in the air, equivalent. to met- met- + eōr- (variant stem of aéirein to raise) + -os adjective, adjectival suffix
  • Neo-Latin meteōrum
  • 1570–80

meteor., 
  1. meteorological.
  2. meteorology.

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meteor /ˈmiːtɪə/ n
  1. a very small meteoroid that has entered the earth's atmosphere. Such objects have speeds approaching 70 kilometres per second
  2. Also called: shooting star, falling star the bright streak of light appearing in the sky due to the incandescence of such a body heated by friction at its surface
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin meteōrum, from Greek meteōron something aloft, from meteōros lofty, from meta- (intensifier) + aeirein to raise
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meteorol., 
  1. Meteorologymeteorological.
  2. Meteorologymeteorology.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
meteorol., meteor. abbreviation for
  1. meteorological
  2. meteorology
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