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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.]
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(Astronomy) a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodes. Also called: fireball
[C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista]
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bo•lide(ˈboʊ laɪd, -lɪd)
a large, brilliant meteor, esp. one that explodes; fireball.
[1850–55; < French < Greek bolid- (s. of bolís) missile]
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A large and extremely bright meteor.
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