Meteoric iron, Meteoric stone. (Min.) See Meteorite.Meteoric paper, a substance of confervoid origin found floating in the air, and resembling bits of coarse paper; — so called because formerly supposed to fall from meteors.Meteoric showers, periodical exhibitions of shooting stars, occuring about the 9th or 10th of August and 13th of November, more rarely in April and December, and also at some other periods.

(Me`te*or"ic*al) a. Meteoric.

(Me"te*or*ism) n. (Med.) Flatulent distention of the abdomen; tympanites.

Metempiricism to Methylate

(Met*em*pir"i*cism) n. The science that is concerned with metempirics.

(Met`em*pir"ics) n. The concepts and relations which are conceived as beyond, and yet as related to, the knowledge gained by experience.

(Me*temp"sy*chose) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Metempsychosed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Metempsychosing ] [See Metempsychosis.] To translate or transfer, as the soul, from one body to another. [R.] Peacham.

(Me*temp`sy*cho"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. beyond, over + to animate; in + soul. See Psychology.] The passage of the soul, as an immortal essence, at the death of the animal body it had inhabited, into another living body, whether of a brute or a human being; transmigration of souls. Sir T. Browne.

(Met`emp*to"sis) n. [NL., from Gr. beyond, after + a falling upon, fr. to fall in or upon; in + to fall.] (Chron.) The suppression of a day in the calendar to prevent the date of the new moon being set a day too late, or the suppression of the bissextile day once in 134 years. The opposite to this is the proemptosis, or the addition of a day every 330 years, and another every 2,400 years.

(Met`en*ceph"a*lon) n. [Met- + encephalon.] (Anat.) The posterior part of the brain, including the medulla; the afterbrain. Sometimes abbreviated to meten.

(||Met`en*so`ma*to"sis) n. [L., a change of body fr. Gr. .] (Biol.) The assimilation by one body or organism of the elements of another.

(Me"te*or) n. [F. météore, 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.]

1. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.

Hail, an ordinary meteor.
Bp. Hall.

2. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.

The vaulty top of heaven
Figured quite o'er with burning meteors.

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.

(Me`te*or"ic) a. [Cf. F. météorique.]

1. Of or pertaining to a meteor, or to meteors; atmospheric, as, meteoric phenomena; meteoric stones.

2. Influenced by the weather; as, meteoric conditions.

3. Flashing; brilliant; transient; like a meteor; as, meteoric fame. "Meteoric politician." Craik.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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