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nimbus

[nim-buh s] /ˈnɪm bəs/
noun, plural nimbi
[nim-buh bahy] /ˈnɪm bəbaɪ/ (Show IPA),
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 of nimbus
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin: a rainstorm, rain cloud, thundercloud, cloud; akin to Latin nebula and Greek nephélē, néphos cloud
Related forms
nimbused, adjective
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nimbus

/ˈnɪmbəs/
noun (pl) -bi (-baɪ), -buses
1.
  1. a dark grey rain-bearing cloud
  2. (in combination): cumulonimbus clouds
2.
  1. an emanation of light surrounding a saint or deity
  2. a representation of this emanation
3.
a surrounding aura or atmosphere
Derived Forms
nimbused, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: cloud, radiance
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Word Origin and History for nimbus
n.

1610s, "bright cloud surrounding a god," from Latin 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.

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nimbus
  (nĭm'bəs)   
Plural nimbi (nĭm'bī') or nimbuses
A rain cloud.
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