bolide

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bolide an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bolide A kind of meteor; a bolis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bolide A brilliant meteor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bolide bol′īd a large meteor or fireball.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Bolis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. bolid-em, bolis—Gr. bolis, ballein, to throw.

Usage

In literature:

She did not know what a bolide was.
"The Red Lily, Complete" by Anatole France
These balls are sometimes called bolides.
"Curiosities of the Sky" by Garrett Serviss
Two bolides against the sun.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
Shouldn't we be as safe out there as that bolide?
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
Investigation of the possible bolide itself was under way.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
These last are the meteorites, or siderites, or aerolites, or bolides, of our museums.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
This probably refers to an unusually large "bolide" or "fireball.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore
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In news:

Bolide Software devised a way to hunt them down and clean them up.
Most of these fireballs and the ones that explode, the ones we call bolides, turn out to be the size of a grapefruit or basketballs or smaller.
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In science:

For insolation driven runaways (or a planet sub ject to relentless bolide impact), the ultimate escape from a runaway greenhouse would be loss of water to space by disassociation due to photolysis and then escape of hydrogen to space.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
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