Definition of bolide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbōlīd/ Pronunciation: /ˈbōləd/


A large meteor that explodes in the atmosphere.
Example sentences
  • Keep your eyes moving across the sky and stay alert; brilliant fireballs or bolides (exploding meteors) are possible.
  • I know it wasn't a plane, a satellite nor a bolide, meteor, fireball or a shooting star.
  • And an expert at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire believes the cause could be a bolide - a meteor between the size of a hazelnut and a tennis ball.


Early 19th century: from French, from Latin bolis, bolid-, from Greek bolis 'missile'.

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Syllabification: bo·lide

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