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meteoric

[mee-tee-awr-ik, -or-] /ˌmi tiˈɔr ɪk, -ˈɒr-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or consisting of meteors.
2.
resembling a meteor in transient brilliance, suddenness of appearance, swiftness, etc.:
his meteoric rise in politics.
3.
of or coming from the atmosphere; meteorological.
Origin of meteoric
1625-1635
1625-35; < Medieval Latin meteōricus. See meteor, -ic
Related forms
meteorically, adverb
nonmeteoric, adjective
nonmeteorically, adverb
Can be confused
meteor, meteoric, meteorite, meteoroid.
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meteoric

/ˌmiːtɪˈɒrɪk/
adjective
1.
of, formed by, or relating to meteors
2.
like a meteor in brilliance, speed, or transience
3.
(rare) of or relating to the weather; meteorological
Derived Forms
meteorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for meteoric
adj.

1812, "pertaining to meteors;" earlier "dependent on atmospheric conditions" (1789), from meteor + -ic. Figurative sense of "transiently brilliant" is from 1836.

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