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.
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]