Definition of meteoric in English:

meteoric

Line breaks: me|teor¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmiːtɪˈɒrɪk
 
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adjective

  • 2 Geology Relating to or denoting water derived from the atmosphere by precipitation or condensation: leaching is thought to have been caused by meteoric water during uplift and exposure
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    • These bones may have been reworked from previous depositional settings in contact with meteoric ground waters.
    • It is thus apparent that the upper oolitic shoals were temporarily subaerially exposed, receiving meteoric water and probably allowing the formation of a lens of fresh water in the subsurface.
    • These low 880 values represent precipitation from meteoric waters depleted in 180, or elevated temperatures during formation in burial settings.

Derivatives

meteorically

adverb
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  • A relation of my own who rose meteorically to the rank of matron had dispensed with all formal schooling when she was 14, but that was back in the early years of the state when by all accounts strange things happened.
  • For one thing, the apparently rapid growth in high-tech sales was exaggerated by the fact that Indonesia's other export earners were shrinking even more meteorically.
  • Worst affected was the wealth of those who saw their stock rise meteorically during the 1990s dot-com bubble.

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