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SHOOTING STAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shooting star mean? 

SHOOTING STAR (noun)
  The noun SHOOTING STAR has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SHOOTING STAR used as a noun is very rare.


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SHOOTING STAR (noun)


Sense 1shooting star [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 ("shooting star" 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 "shooting star"):

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

Holonyms ("shooting star" is a part of...):

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


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