meteor

Part of speech: noun

A luminous mass of matter from space, visiting the earth; a shooting star. meteoroid.

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Usage examples "meteor":

  1. Flying high, and depending entirely upon the compass for striking Aden, they shot through the starlit tropical night like a meteor, showing no lights except the two small ones on the dashboard in the cabin, by means of which Tom could observe the instruments and the controlling levers below. - "Around the World in Ten Days", Chelsea Curtis Fraser.
  2. " I mean," replied Barbican, with a voice now perfectly calm, and in a tone of quiet conviction, " that our deviation is due altogether to that wandering meteor." - "All Around the Moon", Jules Verne.
  3. Therefore all the varied phenomena of nature, the revolution of the earth on its axis and in its orbit around the sun, the brilliant light and governing power of the sun, the circling stars, the blazing comet, the shooting meteor, the gorgeous rainbow, the luminous aurora, and the dazzling corona are all expressions of electric power. - "The Universe a Vast Electric Organism", George Woodward Warder.