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 for Shooting star
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shooting \Shoot"ing\, a.
     Of or pertaining to shooting; for shooting; darting.
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     Shooting board (Joinery), a fixture used in planing or
        shooting the edge of a board, by means of which the plane
        is guided and the board held true.
     Shooting box, a small house in the country for use in the
        shooting season. --Prof. Wilson.
     Shooting gallery, a range, usually covered, with targets
        for practice with firearms.
     Shooting iron, a firearm. [Slang, U.S.]
     Shooting star.
     (a) (Astron.) A starlike, luminous meteor, that, appearing
         suddenly, darts quickly across some portion of the sky,
         and then as suddenly disappears, leaving sometimes, for a
         few seconds, a luminous train, -- called also falling
     Note: Shooting stars are small cosmical bodies which
           encounter the earth in its annual revolution, and which
           become visible by coming with planetary velocity into
           the upper regions of the atmosphere. At certain
           periods, as on the 13th of November and 10th of August,
           they appear for a few hours in great numbers,
           apparently diverging from some point in the heavens,
           such displays being known as meteoric showers, or star
           showers. These bodies, before encountering the earth,
           were moving in orbits closely allied to the orbits of
           comets. See Leonids, Perseids.
     (b) (Bot.) The American cowslip ({Dodecatheon Meadia). See
         under Cowslip.
     Shooting stick (Print.), a tapering piece of wood or iron,
        used by printers to drive up the quoins in the chase.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Meteor \Me"te*or\, n. [F. m['e]t['e]ore, 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.]
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     1. Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds,
        rain, hail, snow, etc.
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              Hail, an ordinary meteor.             --Bp. Hall.
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     2. Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in
        the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
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              The vaulty top of heaven
              Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. --Shak.
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     3. A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls
        to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from
        atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually
        very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a
        shooting star.
     Note: 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Star \Star\ (st[aum]r), n. [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to
     OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G.
     stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth.
     sta['i]rn[=o], Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. 'asth`r,
     'a`stron, Skr. star; perhaps from a root meaning, to scatter,
     Skr. st[.r], L. sternere (cf. Stratum), and originally
     applied to the stars as being strewn over the sky, or as
     being scatterers or spreaders of light. [root]296. Cf.
     Aster, Asteroid, Constellation, Disaster, Stellar.]
     1. One of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the
        heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon,
        comets, and nebulae.
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              His eyen twinkled in his head aright,
              As do the stars in the frosty night.  --Chaucer.
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     Note: The stars are distinguished as planets, and fixed
           stars. See Planet, Fixed stars under Fixed, and
           Magnitude of a star under Magnitude.
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     2. The polestar; the north star. --Shak.
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     3. (Astrol.) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny;
        (usually pl.) a configuration of the planets, supposed to
        influence fortune.
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              O malignant and ill-brooding stars.   --Shak.
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              Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury. --Addison.
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     4. That which resembles the figure of a star, as an ornament
        worn on the breast to indicate rank or honor.
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              On whom . . .
              Lavish Honor showered all her stars.  --Tennyson.
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     5. Specifically, a radiated mark in writing or printing; an
        asterisk [thus, *]; -- used as a reference to a note, or
        to fill a blank where something is omitted, etc.
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     6. (Pyrotechny) A composition of combustible matter used in
        the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding
        in the air, presents a starlike appearance.
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     7. A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially
        on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading
        theatrical performer, etc.
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     Note: Star is used in the formation of compound words
           generally of obvious signification; as, star-aspiring,
           star-bespangled, star-bestudded, star-blasting,
           star-bright, star-crowned, star-directed, star-eyed,
           star-headed, star-paved, star-roofed, star-sprinkled,
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     Blazing star, Double star, Multiple star, Shooting
     star, etc. See under Blazing, Double, etc.
     Nebulous star (Astron.), a small well-defined circular
        nebula, having a bright nucleus at its center like a star.
     Star anise (Bot.), any plant of the genus Illicium; -- so
        called from its star-shaped capsules.
     Star apple (Bot.), a tropical American tree ({Chrysophyllum
        Cainito), having a milky juice and oblong leaves with a
        silky-golden pubescence beneath. It bears an applelike
        fruit, the carpels of which present a starlike figure when
        cut across. The name is extended to the whole genus of
        about sixty species, and the natural order ({Sapotaceae)
        to which it belongs is called the Star-apple family.
     Star conner, one who cons, or studies, the stars; an
        astronomer or an astrologer. --Gascoigne.
     Star coral (Zool.), any one of numerous species of stony
        corals belonging to Astraea, Orbicella, and allied
        genera, in which the calicles are round or polygonal and
        contain conspicuous radiating septa.
     Star cucumber. (Bot.) See under Cucumber.
     Star flower. (Bot.)
        (a) A plant of the genus Ornithogalum;
        (b) See Starwort
        (b) .
        (c) An American plant of the genus Trientalis
            ({Trientalis Americana). --Gray.
     Star fort (Fort.), a fort surrounded on the exterior with
        projecting angles; -- whence the name.
     Star gauge (Ordnance), a long rod, with adjustable points
        projecting radially at its end, for measuring the size of
        different parts of the bore of a gun.
     Star grass. (Bot.)
        (a) A small grasslike plant ({Hypoxis erecta) having
            star-shaped yellow flowers.
        (b) The colicroot. See Colicroot.
     Star hyacinth (Bot.), a bulbous plant of the genus Scilla
        ({Scilla autumnalis); -- called also star-headed
     Star jelly (Bot.), any one of several gelatinous plants
        ({Nostoc commune, Nostoc edule, etc.). See Nostoc.
     Star lizard. (Zool.) Same as Stellion.
     Star-of-Bethlehem (Bot.), a bulbous liliaceous plant
        ({Ornithogalum umbellatum) having a small white starlike
     Star-of-the-earth (Bot.), a plant of the genus Plantago
        ({Plantago coronopus), growing upon the seashore.
     Star polygon (Geom.), a polygon whose sides cut each other
        so as to form a star-shaped figure.
     Stars and Stripes, a popular name for the flag of the
        United States, which consists of thirteen horizontal
        stripes, alternately red and white, and a union having, in
        a blue field, white stars to represent the several States,
        one for each.
              With the old flag, the true American flag, the
              Eagle, and the Stars and Stripes, waving over the
              chamber in which we sit.              --D. Webster.
     Star showers. See Shooting star, under Shooting.
     Star thistle (Bot.), an annual composite plant ({Centaurea
        solstitialis) having the involucre armed with stout
        radiating spines.
     Star wheel (Mach.), a star-shaped disk, used as a kind of
        ratchet wheel, in repeating watches and the feed motions
        of some machines.
     Star worm (Zool.), a gephyrean.
     Temporary star (Astron.), a star which appears suddenly,
        shines for a period, and then nearly or quite disappears.
        These stars were supposed by some astronomers to be
        variable stars of long and undetermined periods. More
        recently, variations star in start intensity are
        classified more specifically, and this term is now
        obsolescent. See also nova. [Obsolescent]
     Variable star (Astron.), a star whose brilliancy varies
        periodically, generally with regularity, but sometimes
        irregularly; -- called periodical star when its changes
        occur at fixed periods.
     Water star grass (Bot.), an aquatic plant ({Schollera
        graminea) with small yellow starlike blossoms.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shooting star
      n 1: a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a
           meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction
           causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode [syn:
           meteor, shooting star]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "shooting star":
     aerolite, angry clouds, black cat, black clouds, bolide,
     broken mirror, chondrite, cosmic dust, fireball, gathering clouds,
     halcyon bird, meteor, meteor crater, meteor dust, meteor shower,
     meteor swarm, meteor trail, meteor train, meteoric shower,
     meteorite, meteoroid, meteorolite, micrometeorite, micrometeoroid,
     owl, radiant, radiant point, rainbow, raven, siderite, siderolite,
     storm clouds, stormy petrel, tektite, thundercloud, thunderhead

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