meteor

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See also: Meteor and meteor.

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Middle English, from Latin meteorum, from Ancient Greek μετέωρον (metéōron), from μετέωρος (metéōros, raised from the ground, hanging, lofty), from μετά (metá, in the midst of, among, between) (English meta) + ἀείρω (aeírō, to lift, to heave, to raise up).

Original sense of “atmospheric phenomenon” gave rise to meteorology, now restricted to extraterrestrial objects burning up as they enter the atmosphere.

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meteor (plural meteors)

  1. (archaic) Any atmospheric phenomenon. (Thus the derivation of meteorology.) These were sometimes classified as aerial or airy meteors (winds), aqueous or watery meteors (hydrometeors: clouds, rain, snow, hail, dew, frost), luminous meteors (rainbows and aurora), and igneous or fiery meteors (lightning and shooting stars [next]).
  2. A fast-moving streak of light in the night sky caused by the entry of extraterrestrial matter into the earth's atmosphere: A shooting star or falling star.
  3. (juggling) A prop similar to poi balls, in that it is twirled at the end of a cord or cable.
  4. (martial arts) A striking weapon resembling a track and field hammer consisting of a weight swung at the end of a cable or chain.

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  • p. 1859 December, Herman Melville, “The Portent (1859)”
    But the streaming beard is shown
    (Weird John Brown),
    The meteor of the war.

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meteor m (plural meteors)

  1. meteor

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Polish Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia pl

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meteor m

  1. (astronomy) meteor

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  • IPA(key): /metěoːr/
  • Hyphenation: me‧te‧or

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metèōr m (Cyrillic spelling метѐо̄р)

  1. (astronomy) meteor

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meteor c

  1. meteor

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