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Me"te*or (?), n. [F. météore, Gr. &unr_;, pl. &unr_; things in the air, fr. &unr_; high in air, raised off the ground; &unr_; beyond + &unr_;, &unr_;, a suspension or hovering in the air, fr. &unr_; to lift, raise up.]
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1. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.
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Hail, an ordinary meteor. Bp. Hall.
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2. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
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The vaulty top of heaven
Figured quite o'er with burning meteors.
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3. A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a shooting star.

&hand_; 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.
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