Definition of Meteorite

1. Noun. Stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that has reached the earth's surface.

Specialized synonyms: Aerolite, Micrometeor, Micrometeorite, Micrometeoroid, Pallasite, Siderite
Generic synonyms: Meteor, Meteoroid
Derivative terms: Meteoritic, Meteoritical



Definition of Meteorite

1. n. A mass of stone or iron which has fallen to the earth from space; an aërolite.

Definition of Meteorite

1. Noun. A metallic or stony object or body that is the remains of a meteor ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Meteorite

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Medical Definition of Meteorite

1. A mass of stone or iron which has fallen to the earth from space; an aerolite. Meteorites usually show a pitted surface with a fused crust, caused by the heat developed in their rapid passage through the earth's atmosphere. A meteorite may consist: 1. Of metallic iron, alloyed with a small percentage of nickel (meteoric iron, holosiderite). When etched this usually exhibits peculiar crystalline figures, called Widmanstatten figures. 2. Of a cellular mass of iron with imbedded silicates (mesosiderite or siderolite). 3. Of a stony mass of silicates with little iron (meteoric stone, sporadosiderite). 4. Of a mass without iron (asiderite). Origin: Cf. F. Meteorite. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Meteorite

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1. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science by Kansas Academy of Science (1877)
"THE WACONDA meteorite. BY PROF. GE PATRICK. Some few weeks ago, a stone of about thirteen ... An aerolite is a meteorite composed chiefly of stony material, ..."

2. The American Geologist: A Monthly Journal of Geology and Allied Sciences by Newton Horace Winchell (1905)
"ANOTHER meteorite IN THE SUPREME COURT. 'It was decided by the Iowa supreme court, in the case of the Winnebago meteorite, that the meteorite belongs to the ..."

3. Geological Magazine by Henry Woodward (1875)
"Volcanic.4 The iron of Deesa (which see) he regards as an example of an eruptive meteorite, the stone of Chan ton- nay represents the class with veins ..."

4. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1861)
"Thus is the comet the building material of the meteorite; but a meteorite is a small planet, the destination of which is to unite with a larger planet, ..."

5. Annual of Scientific Discovery: Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Wm Ripley Nichols, Charles R Cross (1861)
""Thus is the comet the building; material of the meteorite; Init a meteorite is a small planet, the destination of which is to unite with a larger planet, ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"HA Newton, of Yale, made a very careful computation showing that the meteorite probably fell at a place about two miles north of Danbury, Conn., ..."

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