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fireball, very bright meteor leaving a trail in the sky that can remain visible for several minutes; often a distinct sound, perhaps caused by very low frequency radio waves, is associated with it. A bolide (bō´līd) is a fireball that explodes in the air because of thermal stresses created when it passes through the earth's atmosphere.

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fire·ball / ˈfīrˌbôl/ • n. a ball of flame or fire. ∎  an extremely hot, luminous ball of gas generated by a nuclear explosion. ∎  a large bright meteor. ∎ fig. a person with a fiery temper or a great deal of energy.

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fireball (bollide) Exceptionally bright meteor. Fireballs have been loosely defined as meteors brighter than the planets; with the modern estimate of the maximum brightness of Venus, this would mean that all meteors brighter than magnitude −4.7 should be classified as fireballs.

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