- a mass of stone or metal that has reached the earth from outer space; a fallen meteoroid.
- a meteoroid.
- a rocklike object consisting of the remains of a meteoroid that has fallen on earth. It may be stony (chondrite), iron, or stony iron (pallasite)See chondrite
n.“rock that falls to earth, after streaking across the sky as a meteor,” 1818, from meteor + -ite.
- A meteor that reaches the Earth’s surface because it has not been burned up by friction with the atmosphere. Meteorites are believed to be fragments of comets and asteroids.♦ Meteorites that consist mostly of silicates are called stony meteorites and are classified as either chondrites or achondrites. ♦ Meteorites that consist mostly of iron are called iron meteorites. ♦ Meteorites that consist of a mixture of silicates and iron are called stony-iron meteorites.