nimbus

[nim-buhs]
noun, plural nimbi [nim-buhbahy] , nimbuses.
1.
Classical Mythology. a shining cloud sometimes surrounding a deity when on earth.
2.
a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing: The candidate was encompassed with a nimbus of fame.
3.
halo ( def 1 ).
4.
the type of dense clouds or cloud mass with ragged edges, that yields rain or snow; a rain cloud.
5.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of polar-orbiting meteorological and environmental research satellites, the last of which Nimbus 7, launched 1978, was the first satellite designed to monitor atmospheric pollutants.

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin: a rainstorm, rain cloud, thundercloud, cloud; akin to Latin nebula and Greek nephélē, néphos cloud

nimbused, adjective
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nimbus (ˈnɪmbəs)
 
n , pl -bi, -buses
1.  a.  a dark grey rain-bearing cloud
 b.  (in combination): cumulonimbus clouds
2.  a.  an emanation of light surrounding a saint or deity
 b.  a representation of this emanation
3.  a surrounding aura or atmosphere
 
[C17: from Latin: cloud, radiance]
 
'nimbused
 
adj

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nimbus
1616, "bright cloud surrounding a god," from L. nimbus "cloud," perhaps related to nebula "cloud, mist" (see nebula). Meaning "halo" is first recorded c.1730. Meteorological sense of "a rain cloud" is from 1803. Nimbostratus in the modern sense first attested 1932.
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nimbus   (nĭm'bəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural nimbi (nĭm'bī') or nimbuses
A rain cloud.
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nimbus

in art, radiant circle or disk surrounding the head of a holy person, a representation of spiritual character through the symbolism of light. In Hellenistic and Roman art the sun-god Helios and Roman emperors often appear with a crown of rays. Because of its pagan origin, the form was avoided in Early Christian art, but a simple circular nimbus was adopted by Christian emperors for their official portraits. From the middle of the 4th century, Christ was also shown with this imperial attribute, as was his symbol, the Lamb of God, from the end of the 4th century. In the 5th century it was sometimes given to angels, but it was not until the 6th century that the halo became customary for the Virgin Mary and other saints. For a period during the 5th century, living persons of eminence were depicted with a square nimbus.

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Example sentences
First, you have to figure out it's not the sound-alike acronym, it's the plural of nimbus.
And a giddy nimbus of wannabes surrounded these regal figures and basked in their company.
Even viewed through a nimbus of nostalgia, the replay loop gets old.
Each has an aura, and together they radiate a veritable nimbus.
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