Share this entry

Share this page

meteor

Line breaks: me¦teor
Pronunciation: /ˈmiːtɪə
 
, -tɪɔː/

Definition of meteor in English:

noun

A small body of matter from outer space that enters the earth’s atmosphere, becoming incandescent as a result of friction and appearing as a streak of light.
Example sentences
  • Whitehead thinks that the meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a low angle.
  • It may also raise the number of random meteors seen from Earth streaking across the sky.
  • There are meteors and comets and supernovas and yes, black holes.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting any atmospheric phenomenon): from modern Latin meteorum, from Greek meteōron, neuter (used as a noun) of meteōros 'lofty'.

More
  • In early use the term was used for any atmospheric phenomenon: it comes via modern Latin from Greek meteōron ‘of the atmosphere’, from meteōros ‘lofty’. The same source gave us meteorology (early 17th century).

Words that rhyme with meteor

wheatear

Definition of meteor in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure