bolide

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English[edit]

An especially bright meteor, a bolide (in astronomy)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bolide, from Latin bolis, from Ancient Greek βολίς (bolís, missile, arrow, javelin). Doublet of bolis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈboʊ.laɪd/, /ˈboʊ.lɪd/
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Noun[edit]

bolide (plural bolides)

  1. An extremely bright meteor.
    Synonym: fireball
  2. Any extraterrestrial body that collides with Earth.
    • 2004, Alan Harris, "SPACEGUARD REDUX, PUT TO TEST", in Astrobiology Magazine
      The smallest impactor that can penetrate the atmosphere deep enough to cause any damage on the ground is not much smaller than the "Tunguska" bolide that flattened a couple thousand square miles of Siberian forest in 1908.
  3. A fireball.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bolis.

Noun[edit]

bolide f (plural bolides, diminutive bolidetje n)

  1. (astronomy) bolide; an exceptionally bright meteor
    Synonym: vuurbol
  2. (by extension) fast racing car; speedster, high-powered car

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bolis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bolide m (plural bolides)

  1. (astronomy, dated) fireball
  2. (by extension) fast racing car; speedster, high-powered car

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bolis, from Ancient Greek βολίς (bolís, missile, arrow, javelin).

Noun[edit]

bolide m (plural bolidi)

  1. (astronomy) meteor
  2. (automotive) racing car

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