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METEOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does meteor mean? 

METEOR (noun)
  The noun METEOR has 2 senses:

1. 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
2. (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere

  Familiarity information: METEOR used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


METEOR (noun)


Sense 1meteor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

meteor; shooting star

Hypernyms ("meteor" is a kind of...):

light; visible light; visible radiation ((physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "meteor"):

bolide; fireball (an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding))

Holonyms ("meteor" is a part of...):

meteor shower; meteor stream (a transient shower of meteors when a meteor swarm enters the earth's atmosphere)


Sense 2meteor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

meteoroid; meteor

Hypernyms ("meteor" is a kind of...):

estraterrestrial body; extraterrestrial object (a natural object existing outside the earth and outside the earth's atmosphere)

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "meteor"):

meteorite (stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that has reached the earth's surface)

meteor swarm (a group of meteoroids with similar paths)


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