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[boh-lahyd, -lid] /ˈboʊ laɪd, -lɪd/
noun, Astronomy
a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.
Origin of bolide
1850-55; < French < Greek bolid- (stem of bolís) missile Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The bolide's course should be three hundred fifty degrees, not quite on a north-south line.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The bolide; she and the Enterprise had made a raid on Ithunn.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • The argument on the path of last night's bolide and why it fell where it did is again in order.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The bolide was not white-hot, then, as when it passed over Thrawn Island.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • A bolide had fallen into the Catanian sea—he took me to the port and showed me precisely where.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • This probably refers to an unusually large “bolide” or “fireball.”

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • It was the sound of the bolide's passage, arriving after the object itself had dived into the sea.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • It said blandly that a bolide—a slow-moving, large meteoric object—had been observed by radar to be descending to earth.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • They stopped arguing about last night's bolide to take ringside seats.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for bolide


/ˈbəʊlaɪd; -lɪd/
a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodes Also called fireball
Word Origin
C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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