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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Definitions for nimbus

  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.
  2. A cloud or atmosphere (as of romance or glamour) that surrounds a person or thing.
  3. (Meteorology) A rain cloud.

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Citations for nimbus
Sometimes when she stood in front of a lamp, the highlights on her hair made a nimbus. James Morgan, The Distance to the Moon
The two lights over the front steps were haloed with a hazy nimbus of mist, and strange insects fluttered up against the screen, fragile, wing-thin and blinded, dazed, numbed by the brilliance. Karen V. Kukil (Editor), The Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962
Origin of nimbus
Nimbus is from the Latin nimbus, "a rain cloud, a rain storm."