• Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
    Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Meteorous Of the nature or appearance of a meteor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
    • meteorous Having the nature of a meteor; meteoric.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 40,000 tons of meteoric dust hits the Earth each year.
    • adj Meteorous (Milt.) having the nature of a meteor
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Meteor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. meteōronmeta, beyond, eōra, anything suspended—aeirein, to lift.


In literature:

The electric car which carried him to his appointment with the financier shot westward like a meteor through the night.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Had a meteor struck at the gentleman's feet, he could not have been more taken aback.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Elenko leaned over the battlements, and watched the racing meteors.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
He shot like a meteor across the sky of ancient civilization.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
Long enough hast thou been misguided by the meteor of hope.
"Damon and Delia" by William Godwin
His temper is, like that of a meteor, an imperfect mixture, that sparkles and flashes until it has spent itself.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Again I poured forth the 'leaden messenger of death,' as meteor-like he flashed by us.
"Thrilling Adventures by Land and Sea" by James O. Brayman
Red meteors fell and burst, and the wild glory faded suddenly into a subdued, reminiscent glow.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
A meteor, or fire-ball, passed through the village at twilight this evening.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
In the clear Cotswold atmosphere very brilliant meteors are observable at certain seasons of the year.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
While Jarvis was mounting like a meteor, she was making a reputation as a writer.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
METEOR in the spiritual world, 315.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
He here called attention to the accompanying diagram of the orbits of meteors.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886" by Various
His career was like the meteor flash, emitting its brilliant rays for a season, and then was shrouded in death's dark night.
"Withered Leaves from Memory's Garland" by Abigail Stanley Hanna
There is something very engaging to the Fancy, as well as to our Reason, in the Treatises of Metals, Minerals, Plants, and Meteors.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
He was so much excited that his tail became red-hot, and glowed like a meteor against the evening sky.
"The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales" by Frank R. Stockton
His career in the Tennessee campaign was meteoric.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
If the Sanci be the Sphinx of diamonds the Great Mogul may not inaptly be called the Meteor among them.
"Stories about Famous Precious Stones" by Mrs Goddard Orpen
This is millions of times more heat than is now received from meteors.
"Climatic Changes" by Ellsworth Huntington
How the various meteors are actually formed, or whence they come, is a mystery which has induced much speculation among scientific men.
"Nature and Culture" by Harvey Rice

In poetry:

All was gloom; and in vain had I striven,
For hope ceased a ray to impart;
When thou cam'st, like a meteor from heaven,
And gave peace to my desolate heart!
"Constancy, To----" by Thomas Gent
In beauty art thou gone;
As some bright meteor gleams across the night,
Gazed on by all, but understood by none,
And dying by its own excess of light,
"Isabel" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
His steps were slow, yet forward still
He pressed where others paused or failed;
The calm star clomb with constant will,
The restless meteor flashed and paled.
"Rantoul" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet thus shall fade the fairest charms below,
Of art or nature, body or of soul
Like northern lights, or like the painted bow,
So swift of human life the meteors roll.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
A wide, wide sea! and on its rear and van
Amid the stars, the silent meteors ran
All that still night, and Julio with a cry
Woke up, and saw them flashing fiercely by.
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart
In lonely gorge and over hill and plain,
I sowed the giant forests of the world;
The great earth like a human heart in pain
Has quivered with the meteors I have hurled.
"The Burden of Time" by Frederick George Scott

In news:

A meteor shower spawned by history's most famous comet will peak this weekend, and the show could be dazzling for observers with clear skies, experts say.
Meteor shower from Halley 's Comet expected this week.
An Orionid meteor shower will light up the nightsky next weekend says NASA.
We'll see meteors from Halley 's Comet.
Meteor shower enthusiasts will be able to enjoy this year's Perseids this week, which will peak on the night of August 12.
(NASA) How do you watch a meteor shower.
The Hunter and the Meteor.
The 15 to 20 meteors per hour expected this year is considered average for the Leonids .
While Saturday morning is the peak, there can be Leonid meteors several nights before and after.
The Leonids have not only produced some of the best meteor showers in history, but they have sometimes achieved the status of meteor storm.
Such meteor storms have indeed occurred with the Leonids , such as in 1833 and 1966 when meteor rates of tens of thousands per hour were observed.
A meteor in the sky above Reno, Nevada on April 22, 2012.
The 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower.
The Perseid Meteor Shower will light up the sky this weekend as a result of the Earth's orbit through a debris cloud left by the Swift-Tuttle comet, which orbits the sun once every 133 years.
Perseid meteor shower promises nighttime entertainment.

In science:

But what caused it? Since hyperbolic meteors were thought to exist, first attempts were made to tie the interstellar dust to the meteors.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The meteor exposure ages are predicted to cluster around epochs with a lower CRF flux.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
The method reveals that statistically, it is unlikely that the meteor exposure ages were generated by a random process.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Fig. 3 RFI reflections from meteor trails as seen in the raw baseline data.
Forecast for Epoch-of-Reionization as viewable by the PrimevAl Structure Telescope (PAST)
Sporadically, when meteor trails allow propagation, RFI lines enter the spectrum.
Forecast for Epoch-of-Reionization as viewable by the PrimevAl Structure Telescope (PAST)
Eventually, these meteor trails can be tracked in real time in three dimensions.
Forecast for Epoch-of-Reionization as viewable by the PrimevAl Structure Telescope (PAST)
With the exception of IRAS 17534−3030, all sample stars could be modeled with either the generic (MRN) or “meteoritic grain-size distribution IRAS 17534−3030’s narrow SED required the use of the “meteoric” distribution.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
And inside the large masses of stellar, terrestrial and meteoric substances the transitions between different internal conditions of radioactive nuclei are accompanied by infinite chains of the γ -radiations with the subsequent γ -absorptions, the further γ -radiations etc.
To the modification of methods of nuclear chronometry in astrophysics and geophysics
From the image, students measure the size of the pixel in meters and derive the size of the crater. A comparison is then made with Earth craters like the Barringer Meteor Crater, in Arizona.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
The summary of 1996-1998 visual observations collected by the Polish Comets and Meteors Workshop is presented.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Since 1994 the Polish Comets and Meteors Workshop (CMW) has been cooperating with the International Meteor Organization (IMO).
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Every year a complete set of our observation reports was sent to the IMO and our results were included in the IMO Visual Meteor Database (VMDB) (see for example Arlt 2000).
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
However we would like to point out that the VMDB contains only the information about hourly rates and magnitude distributions of the observed meteors.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Thus, an error in classification of a meteor made by the observer while filling out the report form is included also in the VMDB.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
On the statistical side Sekanina and Chodos (2005) provide a comprehensive introduction to groups of comets that have come from fragmentations, some of which are also traced by meteor showers.
Astrophysics in 2006