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A comet is an icy small Solar System body that, when passing close to the Sun, heats up and begins to outgas, displaying a visible atmosphere or coma, and sometimes also a tail.

comet n : (astronomy) a relatively small extraterrestrial body consisting of a frozen mass that travels around the sun in a highly elliptical orbit

27 Moby Thesaurus words for "comet": Aldebaran, Canicula, Dog Star, Hesper, Hesperus, Lucifer, North Star, Phosphor, Phosphorus, Polaris, Sirius, Venus, Vesper, celestial body, daystar, evening star, fixed stars, heavenly body, living sapphires, lodestar, morning star, orb, polar star, polestar, sphere, starry host, stars

Comet \Com"et\, n. [L. cometes, cometa, from Gr. ? comet, prop. long-haired, fr. ? to wear long hair, fr. ? hair, akin to L. coma: cf. F. com[`e]te.] (Astron.) A member of the solar system which usually moves in an elongated orbit, approaching very near to the sun in its perihelion, and receding to a very great distance from it at its aphelion. A comet commonly consists of three parts: the nucleus, the envelope, or coma, and the tail; but one or more of these parts is frequently wanting. See Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster] ||


Meteorology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere. Studies in the field stretch back millennia, though significant progress in meteorology did not occur until the 18th century.

meteor n 1: 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 [syn: {shooting star}] 2: (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere [syn: {meteoroid}]

35 Moby Thesaurus words for "meteor": aerolite, asteroids, aurora particles, blackout, bolide, chondrite, cosmic dust, cosmic particles, cosmic ray bombardment, fireball, intergalactic matter, meteor crater, meteor dust, meteor dust impacts, meteor shower, meteor swarm, meteor trail, meteor train, meteoric shower, meteorite, meteoroid, meteorolite, meteors, micrometeorite, micrometeoroid, radiant, radiant point, radiation, shooting star, siderite, siderolite, space bullets, tektite, the bends, weightlessness

Meteor \Me"te*or\, n. [F. m['e]t['e]ore, Gr. ?, pl. ? things in the air, fr. ? high in air, raised off the ground; ? beyond + ?, ?, a suspension or hovering in the air, fr. ? to lift, raise up.] [1913 Webster] 1. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc. [1913 Webster] Hail, an ordinary meteor. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region. [1913 Webster] The vaulty top of heaven Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a {shooting star}. [PJC] Note: The term is especially applied to fireballs, and the masses of stone or other substances which sometimes fall to the earth; also to shooting stars and to ignes fatui. Meteors are often classed as: aerial meteors, winds, tornadoes, etc.; aqueous meteors, rain, hail, snow, dew, etc.; luminous meteors, rainbows, halos, etc.; and igneous meteors, lightning, shooting stars, and the like. [1913 Webster]

METEOR A version of COMIT with Lisp-like syntax, written in MIT Lisp 1.5 for the IBM 7090. "METEOR - A List Interpreter for String Transformation", D.G. Bobrow in The Programming Language LISP and its Interpretation, E.D. and D.G. Bobrow eds, 1964.

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  • comet: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • comet: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • comet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • meteor: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • meteor: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • meteor: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • meteor: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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