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[mee-tee-uh-rahyt] /ˈmi ti əˌraɪt/
a mass of stone or metal that has reached the earth from outer space; a fallen meteoroid.
a meteoroid.
Origin of meteorite
1815-25; meteor + -ite1
Related forms
[mee-tee-uh-rit-ik] /ˌmi ti əˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
meteoritical, meteorital
[mee-tee-uh-rahyt-l] /ˌmi ti əˈraɪt l/ (Show IPA),
Can be confused
meteor, meteoric, meteorite, meteoroid. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for meteorite
  • In this lesson, students explore how locations around a meteorite provide information about the meteorite's orbit.
  • The more dirt he moved, the more meteorite he exposed.
  • Here are several views showing mineral composition in part of a meteorite.
  • He told his parents about the apparent meteorite and they called the police.
  • If a meteor survives and ends up on the ground, it's rechristened a meteorite.
  • In any case, meteorite samples from other additional stellar systems would have to be collected and identified.
  • Astronomers already know they're not meteorite impacts.
  • The area is filled with cooled lava flows pitted by meteorite impacts.
  • Among them are a goblin spider carapace, left, and several views showing mineral composition in part of a meteorite.
  • And pieces of lunar meteorite change hands from time to time.
British Dictionary definitions for meteorite


a rocklike object consisting of the remains of a meteoroid that has fallen on earth. It may be stony (chondrite), iron, or stony iron (pallasite) See chondrite
Derived Forms
meteoritic (ˌmiːtɪəˈrɪtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for meteorite

"rock that falls to earth, after streaking across the sky as a meteor," 1818, from meteor + -ite.

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meteorite in Science
A meteor that reaches the Earth's surface because it has not been burned up by friction with the atmosphere. Meteorites are believed to be fragments of comets and asteroids. ◇ Meteorites that consist mostly of silicates are called stony meteorites and are classified as either chondrites or achondrites. ◇ Meteorites that consist mostly of iron are called iron meteorites. ◇ Meteorites that consist of a mixture of silicates and iron are called stony-iron meteorites.
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