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Meaning of AURORA

Pronunciation:  â'rowru, o'rowru

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  goddess of the dawn; counterpart of Greek Eos
  2. [n]  an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
  3. [n]  the first light of day; "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning"

AURORA is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: break of day, break of the day, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, daybreak, dayspring, first light, morning, sunrise, sunup
 Antonyms: sundown, sunset
 See Also: atmospheric phenomenon, aurora australis, aurora borealis, hour, northern lights, Roman deity, southern lights, streamer, time of day



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Au*ro"ra\, n.; pl. E. {Auroras}, L. (rarely used)
{Auror[ae]}. [L. aurora, for ausosa, akin to Gr. ?, ?, dawn,
Skr. ushas, and E. east.]
1. The rising light of the morning; the dawn of day; the
   redness of the sky just before the sun rises.

2. The rise, dawn, or beginning. --Hawthorne.

3. (Class. Myth.) The Roman personification of the dawn of
   day; the goddess of the morning. The poets represented her
   a rising out of the ocean, in a chariot, with rosy fingers
   dropping gentle dew.

4. (Bot.) A species of crowfoot. --Johnson.

5. The aurora borealis or aurora australis (northern or
   southern lights).

{Aurora borealis}, i. e., northern daybreak; popularly called
   northern lights. A luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible
   only at night, and supposed to be of electrical origin.
   This species of light usually appears in streams,
   ascending toward the zenith from a dusky line or bank, a
   few degrees above the northern horizon; when reaching
   south beyond the zenith, it forms what is called the
   corona, about a spot in the heavens toward which the
   dipping needle points. Occasionally the aurora appears as
   an arch of light across the heavens from east to west.
   Sometimes it assumes a wavy appearance, and the streams of
   light are then called merry dancers. They assume a variety
   of colors, from a pale red or yellow to a deep red or
   blood color. The

{Aurora australis}is a corresponding phenomenon in the
   southern hemisphere, the streams of light ascending in the
   same manner from near the southern horizon.

Computing Dictionary

["The Aurora Or-Parallel Prolog System", E. Lusk et al, Proc 3rd Intl Conf on Fifth Generation Comp Systems, pp. 819-830, ICOT, A-W 1988].

Thesaurus Terms
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