What does Aurora mean?

Definitions for Aurora
əˈrɔr ə, əˈroʊr ə; əˈrɔr i, əˈroʊr iau·ro·ra

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dawn, dawning, morning, aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrownoun

    the first light of day

    "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning"

  2. auroranoun

    an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force

  3. Auroranoun

    (Roman mythology) goddess of the dawn; counterpart of Greek Eos


  1. auroranoun

    An atmospheric phenomenon created by charged particles from the sun striking the upper atmosphere, creating coloured lights in the sky. It is usually named australis or borealis based on whether it is in the southern or northern hemispheres respectively.

  2. Auroranoun

    Roman goddess of the dawn.

  3. Auroranoun

    Roman goddess of the dawn; equivalent of the Greek Eos. Sister of Luna and Sol.

  4. Auroranoun

    A female given name from Latin, in regular use since the 19th century.

  5. Auroranoun

    94 Aurora, a main belt asteroid.

  6. Auroranoun

    the Russian cruiser Aurora, a cruiser of Soviet Navy.

  7. Auroranoun

    the dawn

  8. Auroranoun

    A town in Ontario, Canada; named for the goddess.

  9. Auroranoun

    A town in Western Cape, South Africa; named for the goddess.

  10. Auroranoun

    A town in Suriname.

  11. Auroranoun

    A province of the Philippines; named for First Lady Aurora Quezon.

  12. Auroranoun

    A suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

  13. Auroranoun

    A historical district of Turin, Italy.

  14. Auroranoun

    A locale in Brazil. A municipality of Ceará. A municipality of Santa Catarina.

  15. Auroranoun

    A locale in the Philippines. A town in Isabela. A town in Zamboanga del Sur; named for Aurora Quezon.

  16. Auroranoun

    A locale in the United States. A city in Colorado; named for the goddess. A city in Illinois, and suburb of Chicago; named for the goddess. A city in Ohio. A town in Erie County, New York. A city in Missouri; named for the goddess. A city, the county seat of Hamilton County, Nebraska; named for the city in Illinois. A city in Indiana; named for the goddess. A city in Minnesota. A city in Texas. A town in Florence County, Wisconsin. A town in Waushara County, Wisconsin. A city in Utah; named for the aurora borealis seen in the area. A city in Oregon; named for the daughter of the founder, Prussian-American mystic William Keil. A village in Cayuga County, New York. A town in South Dakota; named for the city in Illinois. A town in North Carolina. A town in Taylor County, Wisconsin. A census-designated place in West Virginia. A city in Iowa; named for the village of East Aurora, New York. A town in Maine; named for the goddess. A city in Kansas; named for the city in Illinois. A neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. An unincorporated community in Arkansas. An unincorporated community in California. An unincorporated community in Kentucky. A ghost town in Nevada; named for the goddess. A ghost town in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. An unincorporated community in Washington County, Wisconsin.

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  19. Etymology: Apollo and Aurora by Gérard de Lairesse

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. AURORAnoun

    Etymology: Lat.

    Aurora sheds,
    On Indus’ smiling banks the rosy shower. James Thomson, Summ.


  1. Aurora

    An aurora (plural: auroras or aurorae), also commonly known as the polar lights, is a natural light display in Earth's sky, predominantly seen in high-latitude regions (around the Arctic and Antarctic). Auroras display dynamic patterns of brilliant lights that appear as curtains, rays, spirals, or dynamic flickers covering the entire sky.Auroras are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by the solar wind. Major disturbances result from enhancements in the speed of the solar wind from coronal holes and coronal mass ejections. These disturbances alter the trajectories of charged particles in the magnetospheric plasma. These particles, mainly electrons and protons, precipitate into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere). The resulting ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents emit light of varying colour and complexity. The form of the aurora, occurring within bands around both polar regions, is also dependent on the amount of acceleration imparted to the precipitating particles. Most of the planets in the Solar System, some natural satellites, brown dwarfs, and even comets also host auroras.


  1. aurora

    An aurora is a natural light display in the Earth's sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions around the Arctic and Antarctic. The phenomenon is caused by the collision of solar particles and gases in the Earth's atmosphere, creating vivid displays of light that range in color from green, to blue, to red. The two main types of auroras are called Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (Southern Lights).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Auroranoun

    the rising light of the morning; the dawn of day; the redness of the sky just before the sun rises

  2. Auroranoun

    the rise, dawn, or beginning

  3. Auroranoun

    the Roman personification of the dawn of day; the goddess of the morning. The poets represented her a rising out of the ocean, in a chariot, with rosy fingers dropping gentle dew

  4. Auroranoun

    a species of crowfoot

  5. Auroranoun

    the aurora borealis or aurora australis (northern or southern lights)

  6. Etymology: [L. aurora, for ausosa, akin to Gr. , , dawn, Skr. ushas, and E. east.]


  1. Aurora

    The City of Aurora is a Home Rule Municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado, spanning Arapahoe and Adams counties, with the extreme southeastern portion of the city extending into Douglas County. Aurora is one of the principal cities of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city's population was 325,078 in the 2010 Census, which makes it the third most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 56th most populous city in the United States. Denver and Aurora are the principal cities of the Denver Metropolitan Area, which in 2007 had an estimated population of 2,464,866. However, Denver and Aurora combined make up less than half of the Metro Denver Area's population and Aurora has approximately half the population of Denver. The estimated population of Metropolitan Denver was 2,998,878 in 2007.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aurora

    aw-rō′ra, n. the dawn: in poetry, the goddess of dawn.—adjs. Aurō′ral, Aurō′rean.—adv. Aurō′rally. [Acc. to Curtius, a reduplicated form for ausosa; from a root seen in Sans. ush, to burn; cog. with Gr. ēōs, dawn, hēlios, the sun; Etruscan, Usil, the god of the sun.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Aurora

    a city in Illinois, U.S., 35 m. SW. of Chicago, said to have been the first town to light the streets with electricity.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Aurora

    A luminous display seen in the northern heavens in the northern hemisphere, where it is the Aurora Borealis, and seen in the southern heavens in the southern hemisphere, where it is called Aurora Australis, or indifferently for either, the Aurora Polaris. It takes the form of pale luminous bands, rays and curtains varying in color. Near the poles they are very numerous. A French commission observed 150 auroras in 200 days. Their height is variously estimated at from 90 to 460 miles; they are most frequent at the equinoxes and least so at the solstices. There is a secular variation also, they attain a maximum of occurrence every 11 years together with sun spots, with a minimum 5 or 6 years after the maximum. There is also a period of 60 years, coincident with disturbances in the earth's magnetism. Various attempts have been made to account for them. They have a constant direction of arc with reference to the magnetic meridian (q. v.) and act upon the magnetic needle; in high latitudes they affect telegraph circuits violently. There is a strong probability that they represent electric currents or discharges. De la Rive considers them due to electric discharges between the earth and atmosphere, which electricities are separated by the action of the sun in equatorial regions. According to Balfour Stewart, auroras and earth currents.(q. v.) may be regarded as secondary currents due to small but rapid changes in the earth's magnetism. The subject is very obscure. Stewart treats the earth as representing the magnetic core of an induction coil, the lower air is the dielectric, and the upper rarefied and therefore conducting atmosphere is the secondary coil. This makes the aurora a phenomenon of induced currents. Then the sun may be regarded as the instigator of the primary changes in the earth's lines of force representing the primary of an induction coil. [Transcriber's note: Solar wind, streams of electrons and protons, interacting with the earth's magnetic field causes aurora. Neither electrons (1897) nor protons (1920) were known in 1892. The Soviet satellite Luna first measured the solar wind in 1959. Even today increased understanding of solar and auroral phenomenon continues.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. aurora

    The faint light which precedes sunrising. Also the mythological mother of the winds and stars.

Editors Contribution

  1. aurora

    A radiant display of light created and experienced in the night sky in a number of places on planet earth.

    Scientists have yet to discover the accurate cause of the phenomenon that is the aurora which gives so much joy to people across planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 4, 2015  

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  1. Aurora

    (Auro′ra), the goddess of the morning. She was daughter of Sol, the sun, and was the mother of the stars and winds. She is represented as riding in a splendid golden chariot drawn by white horses. The goddess loved Tithonus, and begged the gods to grant him immortality, but forgot to ask at the same time that he should not get old and decrepit. “Whose rosy fingers ope the gates of day.”

    “... So soon as the all-cheering sun Should, in the farthest east, begin to draw The shady curtains of Aurora’s bed.” (Shakespeare.)

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Aurora is ranked #40016 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Aurora surname appeared 548 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Aurora.

    46.7% or 256 total occurrences were White.
    33.2% or 182 total occurrences were Asian.
    13.5% or 74 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.3% or 24 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Aurora in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Aurora in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Aurora in a Sentence

  1. State Attorney General Maura Healey:

    The gun industry has openly defied our laws here in Massachusetts for nearly two decades, that ends today. We have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that combat-style weapons are off our streets and out of the hands of those who would use them to kill innocent people, she said. Increasingly, these guns are the weapon of choice for mass shooters, and we will do everything we can to prevent the kinds of tragedies here that have occurred in places like Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown and Aurora.

  2. Warner Bros.:

    Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bipartisan legislation to address this epidemic.

  3. Mike Huckabee:

    I keep waiting for someone to tell me what new gun law can we past that would have prevented this shooting or Sandy Hook or Aurora or Charleston, just tell me what gun law that is because I've yet to have somebody tell me what that is.

  4. Fred Espenak:

    I've seen aurora, I've seen some volcano eruptions, but the total eclipse is still the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. And each one is unique.

  5. Chief Vanessa Wilson:

    I commend the officers that are unwilling to compromise Aurora Police officials integrity and continue to report misconduct that jeopardizes the work we, as an agency, are trying to accomplish with our community.

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joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
A mitre
B tingle
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