shooting star

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shooting star 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The period between midnight and dawn is the best time to look for shooting stars. On a normal night you can see between five and ten an hour. In a desert, you can see one every eight minutes.
    • Shooting star (Astron) A starlike, luminous meteor, that, appearing suddenly, darts quickly across some portion of the sky, and then as suddenly disappears, leaving sometimes, for a few seconds, a luminous train, -- called also falling star.
    • Shooting star See under Blazing Double, etc.
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Quotations

  • Robert Townsend
    Robert Townsend
    “If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.”
  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Better to aim at a star than shoot down a well; you'll hit higher.”

Usage

In literature:

His name means Shooting Star, and he was indeed the meteoric light of his people while he lived.
"Stories Of Ohio 1897" by William Dean Howells
When a shooting star is seen they think it is the soul of one of these descending to be born again on earth.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
They say that every time a star shoots some one dies.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Indeed, we wouldn't know there was any air at that height but for the trail that shooting stars leave.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Shooting stars a source of terror to the ignorant, 234.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Whirlwinds, and shooting stars, and dear times, and famine, and epidemics, are all caused by ginns.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
This event brought the subject of shooting stars once more vividly to the notice of astronomers.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Words like flaming stars, that shoot down from the heavens, and burn up the palaces, and illuminate the huts.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
The last explanation, which is strongly reminiscent of what takes place in shooting stars, appears more probable than the collision theory.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
Consider the nature of a meteor or shooting-star.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
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In poetry:

At eve the west shoots crooked fire
Athwart a half-moon leaning low;
While one white, arrowy star throbs higher
In curdled honey-glow.
"Days And Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein
Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee,
The shooting stars attend thee;
And the elves also,
Whose little eyes glow
Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
"The Night Piece, to Julia" by Robert Herrick
"Each time we see a shooting-star
A child is born on earth", she said:
"Six stars were mine, six children born,
But all my chicks are gone, and dead.
"Shooting Stars" by William H Davies
Shoot out in light and shine those rays on far,
Thou much more fair than is the Queen of Love,
When she doth comb her in her sphere above,
And from a planet turns a blazing-star.
"Upon Combing Her Hair" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
For when both the sun and the moon disappear,
When all this vast globe shall be burn'd to a coal,
When stars shoot from heaven, and many men fear,
Yet fearless, e'en then, is the innocent soul.
"We Must Cleave To Christ, Without Suffering Any Thing To Turn Us Away From Him" by Rees Prichard
Hints and guesses of its grandeur, broken shadows, sudden gleams,
Like a falling star shoot past me, quenched within a sea of dreams,—
But the unimagined glory lying in the dark beyond,
Is to these as morn to midnight, or as silence is to sound.
"Beyond" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

director David Yates and stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Gint talk about shooting the dark and disturbing scenes of the final film.
MU transfer wants to improve shooting to match ex-Tiger star.
Eruptions on the sun shoot tremendous streams of charged particles away from the star -- in this case directly towards us.
Live at Shooting Star Casino on December 7th.
"Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tilda Swinton and directed by critically acclaimed indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, has been approved by the Michigan Film Office to shoot in the state.
Political leaders, sport stars and entertainers were among several thousand people who gathered Sunday at a Miami rally to call for an arrest in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Movie Starring David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton Shooting In Greenwich .
The reality TV star's latest photo shoot for Fatice is one of her most daring looks yet.
Members of the Brainerd Lakes Fight Mafia will be participating in an event Oct 19 at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen.
Minnesota all-star Kevin Love, shooting over the Lakers' Pau Gasol, is averaging.
Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat's All-Star shooting guard, says maturity helped him step back and give LeBron James enough space to realize his full potential as one the greatest players in NBA history.
On Young's fourth LP, he delivers universally annoying synth-pop pep talks – "It's time for you to shine brighter than a shooting star".
But the Hardaway who became the NIT 's star can indeed shoot.
O'Connor: Lin shoots for the stars.
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In science:

You need a third star to absorb some of the energy of the two incoming stars, in order to let those two stick together. You will see that the yellow star will shoot out of the interaction region with a higher speed, corresponding to a larger kinetic energy.
AstroSim: Collaborative Visualization of an Astrophysics Simulation in Second Life
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