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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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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Like Earth, it is also very common for Jupiter to get regular visits from bolides and asteroids.
Aster eventually fostered a successful program of observational astronomy that included the study of celestial objects such as the Moon, the Sun, planets, bolides, comets, nebulae, stars, and star clusters.
No Brasil, os primeiros objetos projetados com materiais retirados diretamente do cotidiano, a serie Bolides, 1963 /1966, de Helio Oiticica, discutiam questoes analogas a cor enquanto existiam como obras abertas que ainda instigam geracoes de artistas.
When the meteorite passes through the atmosphere, the meteorite becomes a meteor - forms a fireball, also known as a "shooting star" or "falling star"; astronomers call the brightest examples "bolides".
The competition is a racing marathon in which the leading Russian and international universities have to present their projects to jury and prove that their self-assembled bolides correspond to safety and technical standards.
"HELIO OITICICA: TO ORGANIZE DELIRIUM" was the first US exhibition in more than two decades to feature the full breadth of the Brazilian artist's vibrant aesthetic production, from his early experiments with color and geometrically shaped supports--including his "Bolides" (Fireballs), 1963-69, "Nucleos" (Nuclei), 1960-66, and "Parangoles," 1964-79--to his immersive environments.
Mais pour certains, il n'est pas question de rater ce rendez-vous, ne serait-ce que pour voir les derniers bolides exposes par les grandes marques d'automobiles.
Cooper (b.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.
Bolides that deal with-student mediator behavior are clearly explained to the Mediators.
Selon les organisateurs, la particularite de cette epreuve est de permettre, le long des 2.576 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.