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Definitions of nimbus

  1. an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a dark gray cloud bearing rain Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. In art, the halo or cloud of light surrounding the heads of divinities, etc.; a rain cloud. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The rain-cloud: (paint.) the circle of rays round the heads of saints, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. The rain-cloud; a halo or aureole. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Meteor. A dark, heavy, rain bearing cloud. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Art. A halo of light and glory encircling the head, as of christ or a saint. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A rain-cloud; a disc of light around the heads of divinities, saints, and sovereigns. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. The rain-cloud; in anc. myth., the cloud of light around the person of a god when he appeared on earth; the circle of light around the heads of saints; a halo. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. nim'bus, n. the raincloud: (paint.) the disc or halo, generally circular or semicircular, which encircles the head of the sacred person represented.--adj. NIMBIF'EROUS, bringing clouds. [L.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Bright cloud or halo investing deity or person or thing; bright disk or aureole round or over head of saint &c. in picture; (Meteorol.) rain-cloud. Hence nimbused a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. [L.] A dark, heavy rain-cloud. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  15. [L.] In Eccl. Art, a circular disc round the heads of saints and angels. See Aureole. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  16. n. [Latin] A circle, or disk, of rays of light around the heads of divinities, saints, &c; a halo;- a rain-cloud. Cabinet Dictionary

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