meteor: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mē'tē-ur, -ôr"), [key]
— n.
    1. a meteoroid that has entered the earth's atmosphere.
    2. a transient fiery streak in the sky produced by a meteoroid passing through the earth's atmosphere; a shooting star or bolide.
  1. any person or object that moves, progresses, becomes famous, etc., with spectacular speed.
  2. (formerly) any atmospheric phenomenon, as hail or a typhoon.
  3. (cap.)Britain's first operational jet fighter, a twin-engine aircraft that entered service in 1944.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. meteorological.
  2. meteorology.
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