Definition of Meteorite by Merriam-Webster

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me·​te·​or·​ite | ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrīt How to pronounce meteorite (audio) : a meteor that reaches the surface of the earth without being completely vaporized

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Recent Examples on the Web Occasionally, the biggest meteors won’t burn up completely and will leave meteorites for people like Demeter to collect and study. — Patrick Connolly,, “The Geminid meteor shower will be visible in the Florida sky Friday night,” 11 Dec. 2019 The cenotes are a result of a giant, 80-mile-wide meteorite that smashed into the ocean off the northern tip of the peninsula. — Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, “Explore otherworldly swimming holes and ancient ruins on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula,” 7 Dec. 2019 Sadly, the Martian meteorite story changed as the evidence was examined by other researchers. — Seth Shostak, NBC News, “We may be closing in on the discovery of alien life. Are we prepared?,” 4 Oct. 2019 This, scientists suggests, means that the surface is still relatively fresh, and hasn’t been bombarded by large numbers of asteroids or meteorites. — Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, “Titan’s New Geologic Map Shows Why It’s One of the Most Exciting Moons in the Solar System,” 19 Nov. 2019 Platinum can be found in asteroids, comets and meteorites. — Ashley Strickland, CNN, “Something crashed into Earth and helped wipe out mammoths and other animals 13,000 years ago, study says,” 29 Oct. 2019 Woods suggests kids explore their own backyards to search for rocks and fossils, and take a trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum, where there are more than 100,000 fossils and about 35,000 specimens of rocks, minerals and meteorites. — Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Hunt for rocks and fossils at these 2 Wisconsin destinations,” 18 Oct. 2019 Sixty-six million years ago, a large meteorite smashed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of southeastern Mexico. — Malcolm Ritter, The Denver Post, “Colorado fossil trove shows life’s fast recovery after big extinction,” 24 Oct. 2019 But the evidence suggests it is not improbable that a large meteorite struck the earth as recently as 12,800 years ago, with widespread consequences. — Francis Thackeray, Quartz Africa, “Scientists now have evidence a large platinum-dense meteorite hit the earth 12,800 years ago,” 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of meteorite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Meteorite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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me·​te·​or·​ite | ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrīt How to pronounce meteorite (audio)

Kids Definition of meteorite

: a meteor that reaches the surface of the earth

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