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 (bō′līd, -lĭd)
A meteoric flash or flare created when a meteoroid explodes or vaporizes as it passes through Earth's atmosphere. Also called fireball.

[French, from Latin bolis, bolid-, kind of meteor, from Greek, missile, flash (of lightning), from ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈbəʊlaɪd; -lɪd)
(Astronomy) a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodes. Also called: fireball
[C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista]


(ˈboʊ laɪd, -lɪd)

a large, brilliant meteor, esp. one that explodes; fireball.
[1850–55; < French < Greek bolid- (s. of bolís) missile]


A large and extremely bright meteor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bolide - an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)bolide - an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)
shooting star, meteor - 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
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On se demande d'oo tout ce monde, qui declare juste ce qu'il faut au Fisc, apporte les centaines de milliers DT pour acheter ces bolides, parfois sur les stands meme d'exposition?
A group of astronomers from the Czech Academy of Sciences analyzed 144 bolides, large meteors that explode in the atmosphere, from the Taurids and found a new branch.
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1958), ASSA Meteor Section, for his leading role in coordinating and publishing accounts of local observations, including compiling detailed accounts of bolides.
government sensors from 1994 and 2013, which recorded at least 556 small asteroid impact events, known as fireballs or bolides, Xinhua reported Saturday.
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The network is also sensitive to natural infrasound sources, such as volcanic eruptions and large bolides.
576 kilometres du parcours, une parfaite cohabitation entre certains dont la passion pour la competition est chevillee au corps et d'autres qui aimeraient surtout profiter de leurs bolides, soigneusement peaufines pour l'occasion, dans un pays a la nature exceptionnelle et dans des conditions de confort et de securite optimisees.
The tests and lab experiments conducted at TNO and in Bolides own laboratory, have reached an advanced stage, but a number of final tests remain to be done.
Les grands bolides, les bus de transport et le poids lourds sont les plus a souffrir a cause de leurs grandes capacites de plein.
Both of these bolides were 10-meter objects, leaving trails for less than two seconds," de Pater said, too small and too brief to be observed by professional astronomers except by chance.