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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.]
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(ˈbəʊlaɪd; -lɪd)
(Astronomy) a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodes. Also called: fireball
[C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista]
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(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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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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Experts believe that flash most likely came from a bolide, which is a meteor that exploded mid-air after entering the planet's atmosphere.
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Even the leather bags (Bolide 1923, Plume) were emblazoned with the dragon image, completing the disarmingly simple yet sophisticated looks.
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Outre le design plus percutant, l'interieur conforme a l'esprit sportif du bolide, l'Allemande revendique des performances a couper le souffle.
The RBS 70 NG fires a Mach 2 Bolide missile out to 9,000 metres and an altitude of 5,000m.
According to the Yunnan Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the fireball was a "bolide", which is the name given to an extremely bright meteor.
Tras la muerte de Manuel Moreira, apodado Cara de Cavalo, asesinado por la policia local, Helio construye en 1966 el B 33 Bolide Caixa 18, Poema Caixa 2 (Homenagem a Cara de Cavalo).
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