Definition of Nimbus

1. Noun. A dark grey cloud bearing rain.

Exact synonyms: Nimbus Cloud, Rain Cloud
Generic synonyms: Cloud
Terms within: Aureole, Corona



2. Noun. An indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint.
Exact synonyms: Aura, Aureole, Gloriole, Glory, Halo
Generic synonyms: Light, Lightness

Definition of Nimbus

1. n. 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.

Definition of Nimbus

1. Noun. A circle of light; a halo. ¹

2. Noun. A gray rain cloud. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Nimbus

1. a luminous cloud [n -BI or -BUSES] : NIMBUSED [adj]

Medical Definition of Nimbus

1. Origin: L, a rain storm, a rain cloud, the cloudshaped which enveloped the gods when they appeared on earth. 1. 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. "The nimbus is of pagan origin." "As an atribute of power, the nimbus is often seen attached to the heads of evil spirits." 2. A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nimbus

nimbility
nimble
nimble-fingered
nimble Will
nimbleness
nimblenesses
nimbler
nimbless
nimblest
nimblewill
nimbly
nimbose
nimbostrati
nimbostratus
nimbs
nimbus (current term)
nimbus cloud
nimbused
nimbuses
nimbuslike
nimbyer
nimbyest
nimbyism
nimbyisms
nimbyness
nimbynesses
nimbys
nime
nimesulide
nimetazepam

Literary usage of Nimbus

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Durandus adds to the passage quoted above, the nimbus containing a cross, ... Judging by the principal monuments, however, the square nimbus appears to be ..."

2. Christian Iconography: Or, The History of Christian Art in the Middle Ages by Adolphe Napoléon Didron (1851)
"Charlemagne crowned, and with the nimbus 23 Christ in an elliptical Aureole .... 24 St. John the Evangelist, with a circular nimbus surmounted by two ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Without entering into a detailed discussion, it may be observed not only that if the nimbus was borrowed from the usage in regard to gods, ..."

4. The Historic Note-book: With an Appendix of Battles by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1891)
"14th cent., the triangular nimbus was introduced. 15th cent., a broad bond behind tho head, and the inscription of the name of the saint in the nimbus was ..."

5. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Being a Continuation of the by Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"Turning to the mosaics we find the nimbus equally rare id all the earlier ... Our Lord wears the cruciform nimbus on the arch of St. Sabina in Rome, AD 424, ..."

6. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Comprising the History, Institutions by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"Turning to the mosaics we find the nimbus equally rare in all the earlier ... Our Lord wears the cruciform nimbus on the arch of St. Sabina in Rome, AD 424, ..."

7. A Guide to the Early Christian and Byzantine Antiquities in the Department by Ormonde Maddock Dalton (1903)
"THE nimbus. The nimbus, a Latin word meaning cloud, was probably in its origin conceived as a luminous cloud issuing from and surrounding the body of a ..."

8. Buddhist Art in India by Albert Grünwedel (1901)
"]ft particular crises in Buddha's life. As the symbol of his claim to i' rf\ I adoration, there appears a large nimbus surrounding the head / VI (Sans, ..."

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