Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous generally small, rounded, dark brown to green glassy objects that are composed of silicate glass and are thought to have been formed by the impact of a meteorite with the earth's surface.

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  • n. A small, round, dark glassy object, composed of silicates, formed by the rapid cooling of meteorite fragments that hit the Earth.

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  • n. thought to derive from meteorites

Etymologies

Greek tēktos, molten (from tēkein, to melt) + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek τηκτός ("molten"), from τήκειν (tēkein, "to melt"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Case said the rocks are in glass cases, and are pock-marked black tektite; one is tear-dropped shaped and about 3.5 inches long by 1.25 inches wide, and a half an inch thick.

    Searching for Moon Rocks Here on Earth | Universe Today

  • The game has to be challenging, therefore a tektite is put in Link's path and he must kill it.

    Response to Gamers and Others Concerning the Zelda Book

  • Anonymous talks about things like Link killing a tektite and how nothing philosophically significant should be extracted from such things.

    Response to Gamers and Others Concerning the Zelda Book

  • Link killing the tektite is not some kind of commentary on how humans treat animals, it's not a detail created to establish Link's character, to convey him as courageous or to study the emotion he goes through when he does it.

    Response to Gamers and Others Concerning the Zelda Book

  • TO A YOUNG MAN ASPIRING FOR WIZARDRY tektite serpent's jawbone lizard's tail monkey's paw curse of an aging snake, frog's croak distilled in dew sign omens gypsy spells-

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • As we gained experience and felt ready for longer tests, rocks from farther off would replace it, till the broom circled Earth carrying a tektite -- terrestrial, but fused and scattered by meteorite impact.

    Operation Luna

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  • Tektites (from Greek tektos, molten) are rather natural glass objects up to a few centimeters in size which were formed--according to most scientists--by the impacts of large meteorites on Earth's surface.
    _Wikipedia

    February 24, 2008