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.
Origin: F. Meteore, 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.