meteor vs. meteorite vs. meteoroid – The Correct Way to Use Each | Confusing Words
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Meteor

Definition:

(astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that enters Earth's atmosphere

Examples:

The meteor entered our atmosphere at 08:00 yesterday morning.

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Meteorite

Definition:

A piece of stone or metallic object that remains from a meteor and has landed on the surface of the Earth.

Examples:

The meteorite landed in Detroit.

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Meteoroid

Definition:

a small body moving in the solar system before it enters Earth's atmosphere

Examples:

A meteoroid hit the spaceship.

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