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Meaning of NIMBUS

Pronunciation:  'nimbus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
  2. [n]  a dark gray cloud bearing rain

NIMBUS is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: aura, aureole, gloriole, glory, halo, nimbus cloud, rain cloud
 See Also: aureole, cloud, corona, light, lightness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Nim"bus\, n.; pl. L. {Nimbi}, E. {Nimbuses}. [L., a rain
storm, a rain cloud, the cloudshaped which enveloped the gods
when they appeared on earth.]
1. (Fine Arts) A circle, or disk, or any indication of
   radiant light around the heads of divinities, saints, and
   sovereigns, upon medals, pictures, etc.; a halo. See
   {Aureola}, and {Glory}, n., 5.

Note: ``The nimbus is of pagan origin.'' ``As an atribute of
      power, the nimbus is often seen attached to the heads
      of evil spirits.'' --Fairholl.

2. (Meteor.) A rain cloud; one of the four principal
   varieties of clouds. See {Cloud}.

Thesaurus Terms
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