shooting star

Definitions of shooting star
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: meteor
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    types:
    bolide, fireball
    an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)
    type of:
    light, visible light, visible radiation
    (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
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