[syn: meteor, shooting star]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Meteor \Me"te*or\, n. [F. m['e]t['e]ore, Gr. ?, pl. ? things in
the air, fr. ? high in air, raised off the ground; ? beyond +
?, ?, a suspension or hovering in the air, fr. ? to lift,
1. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds,
rain, hail, snow, etc.
Hail, an ordinary meteor. --Bp. Hall.
2. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in
the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
The vaulty top of heaven
Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. --Shak.
3. A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls
to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from
atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually
very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a
Note: The term is especially applied to fireballs, and the
masses of stone or other substances which sometimes
fall to the earth; also to shooting stars and to ignes
fatui. Meteors are often classed as: aerial meteors,
winds, tornadoes, etc.; aqueous meteors, rain, hail,
snow, dew, etc.; luminous meteors, rainbows, halos,
etc.; and igneous meteors, lightning, shooting stars,
and the like.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies
that hits the earth's atmosphere [syn: meteoroid,
2: a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a
meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes
the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode [syn: meteor,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
35 Moby Thesaurus words for "meteor":
aerolite, asteroids, aurora particles, blackout, bolide, chondrite,
cosmic dust, cosmic particles, cosmic ray bombardment, fireball,
intergalactic matter, meteor crater, meteor dust,
meteor dust impacts, meteor shower, meteor swarm, meteor trail,
meteor train, meteoric shower, meteorite, meteoroid, meteorolite,
meteors, micrometeorite, micrometeoroid, radiant, radiant point,
radiation, shooting star, siderite, siderolite, space bullets,
tektite, the bends, weightlessness
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A version of COMIT with Lisp-like syntax, written in MIT Lisp
1.5 for the IBM 7090. "METEOR - A List Interpreter for String
Transformation", D.G. Bobrow in The Programming Language LISP
and its Interpretation, E.D. and D.G. Bobrow eds, 1964.