from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bright trail or streak that appears in the sky when a meteoroid is heated to incandescence by friction with the earth's atmosphere. Also called falling star, meteor burst, shooting star.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fast-moving streak of light in the night sky caused by the entry of extraterrestrial matter into the earth's atmosphere: A shooting star or falling star.
- n. A prop similar to poi balls, in that it is twirled at the end of a cord or cable.
- n. A striking weapon resembling a track and field hammer consisting of a weight swung at the end of a cable or chain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.
- n. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
- n. 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 shooting star.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any atmospheric phenomenon.
- n. Specifically A transient fiery or luminous body seen in or through the atmosphere, usually in its more elevated region: a shooting-star. If it reaches the surface of the earth, it is called a meteorite, formerly aërolite, and also (very rarely) uranolite.
- n. A small body moving in space, and of the same nature as those which become visible by encountering our atmosphere.
- n. An abbreviation of meteorology, meteorological.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere
- n. 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
Middle English metheour, atmospheric phenomenon, from Old French meteore, from Medieval Latin meteōrum, from Greek meteōron, astronomical phenomenon, from neuter of meteōros, high in the air : meta-, meta- + -āoros, lifted; akin to āeirein, to lift up.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of Middle English origin, derived from the Latin meteorum, from the Ancient Greek μετέωρον (meteōron), from μετέωρος (meteōros, "raised from the ground, hanging, lofty"), from μετά (meta, "in the midst of, among, between") + ἀείρω (aeiro, "to lift, to heave, to raise up"). (Wiktionary)