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meteor
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
a streak of light in the night sky that results from a space rock burning in the earth's atmosphere

or:

a meteoroid:  a small space rock that hit the earth's atmosphere

or:

a meteorite:  a stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that reached the earth's surface
  • It was doubtless caused by one of those meteors, which the night-watcher may so often observe burning out to waste, in the vacant regions of the atmosphere.
    Chapter 12 — The Minister's Vigil (59% in)
  • Not but the meteor may have shown itself at that point, burning duskily through a veil of cloud, but with no such shape as his guilty imagination gave it, or, at least, with so little definiteness, that another's guilt might have seen another symbol in it.
    Chapter 12 — The Minister's Vigil (76% in)
  • Certainly, if the meteor kindled up the sky, and disclosed the earth, with an awfulness that admonished Hester Prynne and the clergyman of the day of judgment, then might Roger Chillingworth have passed with them for the arch-fiend, standing there with a smile and scowl, to claim his own.
    Chapter 12 — The Minister's Vigil (80% in)
  • So vivid was the expression, or so intense the minister's perception of it, that it seemed still to remain painted on the darkness after the meteor had vanished, with an effect as if the street and all things else were at once annihilated.
    Chapter 12 — The Minister's Vigil (81% in)

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