American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A meteoric fireball.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brilliant meteor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of meteor; a bolis.
- n. an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)
- From French bolide, from Latin bolis. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Latin bolis, bolid-, kind of meteor, from Greek, missile, flash (of lightning), from ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There's a very good chance it was what we call a bolide, which is a meteorite crossing the sky at extremely quick velocity -- very, very fast -- and as it hits the atmosphere at about”
“The satellites, it turned out, were also quite good at detecting the explosions - the official term is "bolide" - of meteorites like that over Tunguska.”
“The fireball – also called a bolide – created a dusty tail upon entering the atmosphere of the Earth.”
“When an airbursting asteroid, called a bolide, exploded over an island region of Indonesia late last year, it rocked the residents' world with an estimated energy release of about 50”
“But experts told The Daily Telegraph that the meteor, estimated to be the size of a football and travelling from east to west, was a "bolide" or "super fireball".”
“If we're lucky we'll get a moderately sized bolide impact in the next decade which hopefully will bring people to their senses.”
“The military thought that it was most likely a bolide?”
“The K/T (Cretaceous/Tertiary) boundary not only marks the disappearance of dinosaurs and 70 percent of the other species but has a distinct iridium layer discovered by Luis and Walter Alvarez, suggesting an extraterrestrial bolide.”
“Mosasaurs, which ended up 40 feet long 12m at the end of the Cretaceous when they and dinosaurs and a whole lot of other life went extinct from a bolide impact, evolved fins from their limbs, and many of the primitive mosasaurs had partial limbs/fins.”
“Even though this idea received scant attention in the mainstream press, with only Discover magazine blog allowing one of their editors to speculate on the statistical possibility of an errant bolide sealing the fate of AF 447, it cannot be discounted.”
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