from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See meteor.
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- n. A meteor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See Shooting star.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of meteors which appear as luminous points shooting or darting through larger or smaller arcs of the sky, and followed by long trains of light. They are observable in the night sky throughout the year. Also called shooting-star.
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And behold, he came forth to the duello as he were a vast mountain, with his fires flaming and his smoke spireing, and shot at me a falling star of fire; but I swerved from it and it missed me.
One clump of thatch fell lazily through the blackness, like a falling star extinguishing itself, or a burning alphabetic vowel swallowed by watery silence, or a firebird plunging into a suicidal dive in a dark nameless lake.