Meteoroid Me"te*or*oid (m[=e]"t[-e]*[~e]r*oid), n. [Meteor + -oid.] (Astron.) A small body moving through space, or revolving about the sun, which on entering the earth's atmosphere would be deflagrated and appear as a meteor. [1913 Webster]

These bodies [small, solid bodies] before they come into the air, I call meteoroids. --H. A. Newton. [1913 Webster]

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