Definitions for nimbusˈnɪm bəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nim•busˈnɪm bəs(n.)(pl.)-bi; -bus•es.

  1. (in classical myth) a cloud that sometimes surrounds a deity appearing on earth.

    Category: Mythology

  2. a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing.

  3. Ref: halo (def. 1). 1 1

  4. the type of dense cloud that yields rain or snow.

    Category: Meteorology

Origin of nimbus:

1610–20; < L: cloud; akin to L nebula, Gk nephélē, néphos cloud

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nimbus, nimbus cloud, rain cloud(noun)

    a dark grey cloud bearing rain

  2. aura, aureole, halo, nimbus, glory, gloriole(noun)

    an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint


  1. nimbus(Noun)

    A circle of light; a halo.

  2. nimbus(Noun)

    A gray rain cloud.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nimbus(noun)

    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

  2. Nimbus(noun)

    a rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud


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