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

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”
meteorologic, meteorological

adj like a meteor in speed or brilliance or transience

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

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