See also: Bolide

EnglishEdit

 
An especially bright meteor, a bolide (in astronomy)

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French bolide, from Latin bolis, from Ancient Greek βολίς (bolís, missile, arrow, javelin). Doublet of bolis.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈboʊ.laɪd/, /ˈboʊ.lɪd/
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NounEdit

bolide (plural bolides)

  1. An extremely bright meteor.
    Synonym: fireball
  2. Any extraterrestrial body that collides with Earth.
    • 2004, Alan Harris, "SPACEGUARD REDUX, PUT TO TEST", in Astrobiology Magazine
      The smallest impactor that can penetrate the atmosphere deep enough to cause any damage on the ground is not much smaller than the "Tunguska" bolide that flattened a couple thousand square miles of Siberian forest in 1908.
  3. A fireball.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bolis.

NounEdit

bolide f (plural bolides, diminutive bolidetje n)

  1. (astronomy) bolide; an exceptionally bright meteor
    Synonym: vuurbol
  2. (by extension) fast racing car; speedster, high-powered car

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bolis.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bolide m (plural bolides)

  1. (astronomy, dated) fireball
  2. (by extension) fast racing car; speedster, high-powered car

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bolis, from Ancient Greek βολίς (bolís, missile, arrow, javelin).

NounEdit

bolide m (plural bolidi)

  1. (astronomy) meteor
  2. (automotive) racing car

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