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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 me·te·or /ˈmitiɚ/

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Me·te·or n.
 1. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.
    Hail, an ordinary meteor.   --Bp. Hall.
 2. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
 The vaulty top of heaven
 Figured quite o'er with burning meteors.   --Shak.
 Note:The term is especially applied to fireballs, and the masses of stone or other substances which sometimes fall to the earth; also to shooting stars and to ignes fatui. Meteors are often classed as: aerial meteors, winds, tornadoes, etc.; aqueous meteors, rain, hail, snow, dew, etc.; luminous meteors, rainbows, halos, etc.; and igneous meteors, lightning, shooting stars, and the like.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 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
           [syn: shooting star]
      2: (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies
         that hits the earth's atmosphere [syn: meteoroid]