meteoric

Because meteors move through the sky so quickly, we often refer to something moving very fast as meteoric. A newly-popular singer might be said to experience a meteoric rise to the top. (The fall can be meteoric, too.)

The "-ic" suffix on a word creates an adjective meaning "with the characteristics of." So meteoric means “having the characteristics of a meteor.” Both words take their origin from the Greek meteōros, meaning "high up." By the way, a shooting star is meteoric, being a meteor that is burning up as it plunges through the earth's atmosphere.

Definitions of meteoric
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adj pertaining to or consisting of meteors or meteoroids

meteoric shower”
meteoric impacts”

adj of or pertaining to atmospheric phenomena, especially weather and weather conditions

meteoric (or meteorological) phenomena”
Synonyms:
meteorologic, meteorological

adj like a meteor in speed or brilliance or transience

“a meteoric rise to fame”
Synonyms:
fast
acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

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