meteor storm n.

a particularly intense meteor shower, esp. occurring when the earth intercepts a meteor stream soon after the originating comet has passed; an intense encounter with a stream of meteors in space


  • 1870 R. Proctor Meteors & Shooting-Stars in English Mechanic & World of Science 4 Nov. 146/2

    Had it occurred either a few hours sooner or a few hours later, we, in England, should not have witnessed it. In the former case we should have been on the sheltered part of the earthโ€”to leeward so to speak of the meteor storm; in the latter, though the meteors would have fallen upon portions of the atmosphere above our horizon, it would have been full daylight, and we should have seen no trace of them.

  • 1877 E. W. Hicks History of Kendall County, Illinois 122

    Our next encounter with the meteor-storm will be before daylight, November 14th, 1899, or a little earlierโ€”the point in which the orbits meet not being stationary.

  • 1896 Wheeling Register 20 Dec. 10/1

    A rapid survey through my peep-holes showed me I was so far right, I was caught in a meteor storm.

  • 1903 T. F. O'Connor November Skies in Worcester Daily Spy 2 Nov. 8/3

    There were brilliant showers of Leonids or meteors near the middle of November in the years 1799, 1833, 1866, 1867, and 1868, and it was confidently anticipated that the phenomena would recur in 1899 and 1900, but little or nothing was seen of the expected meteor storm.

  • 1928 Washington Post Nov. 19 7/2

    Prof. C. P. Olivier finds Leonids are back on old course, and that world will pass through meteor-storm rivaling display of November, 1833.

  • 1938 Hammond Times Apr. 20 11/4

    Meteor Storm Kills Three New Delhi, India.โ€”(U.P.)โ€”A shower of meteoric fragments, accompanied by dazzling lights and rumbling sounds, killed three occupants of a thatched house in a village 50 miles from Jhansi, according to reports here.

  • 1948 M. C. Lea in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 125/2

    I was surgeon of the Aurora when she hit a meteor storm three light-years sun-side of Arcturus five years ago.

  • 1979 R. M. Tallip Wierd of Yothlant Hollow in Fantastic Oct. 62 page image Romuald M. Tallip bibliography

    An extremely vicious meteor storm came crashing down with a dread violence.

  • 1992 J. G. Ballard Message from Mars in Interzone Apr. 8/1 page image J. G. Ballard bibliography

    The Zeus IV passed through an unexpected meteor storm, but the ultra-hard carbon fibre and ceramic hull, a byproduct of the most advanced tank armour, proved even more resilient than the designers had hoped.

  • 2016 SFX June 100/4 page image

    Packed with powerful performances and setpieces that are little short of awe-inspiring (brace yourself for the meteor storm).

Research requirements

antedating 1870

Earliest cite

Richard Proctor, "Meteors and Shooting-stars"

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1948 citation from Mack Chapman Lea's "The Gorgons".
Roberto Labanti submitted a 1938 cite from a newspaper report (The Hammond Times [Hammond, Indiana], April 20, 1938).
Bill Mullins submitted an 1877 cite for "meteor-storm" from the "History of Kendall County, Illinois".
Roberto Labanti submitted a cite from the Washington Post, November 19, 1928.
Bill Mullins submitted a cite from the Worcester Spy, November 2, 1903.
Bill Mullins submitted a cite from the Wheeling Register, December 20, 1896.
Adam Buchbinder submitted a cite from Richard Proctor's article "Meteors and Shooting-stars" in the Eclectic Magazine for November 1872; Simon Koppel converted this to its (apparently) original appearance in "English Mechanic and World of Science" for 4 November 1870.

Earliest cite in OED2: 1977. Antedated to 1948 in OED3 in March 2003; updated at some point to the 1872 version of our first cite.

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