noun (plural nimbi /-bʌɪ/ or nimbuses)
- 1A luminous cloud or a halo surrounding a supernatural being or a saint: a nimbus of power played around him, brighter than lightningMore example sentences
- This boy monk had a halo around him, a nimbus of purity, divinity, and godliness.
- That we especially attend to, and emphasize, borders and boundaries is evidenced powerfully in our use of halos, the nimbus and the aura in the arts.
- Sun worship was marked by the use of the halo, or nimbus, which originated with the pagan Greeks and Romans to represent their sun god, Helios.
- 1.1A light, colour, etc., that surrounds someone or something.More example sentences
- As the waiting room door closed behind him, another door opened in front of him, with a familiar electronic hum and a nimbus of blue-white light.
- Mara stood there, face incandescent with rage, eyes blazing with purple wrath and entire body outlined in a shimmering nimbus of terrible light.
- Outside it was still dark, but there was a hint of pink on the eastern horizon, a small nimbus of light that proclaimed the coming of the sun.
- 2A large grey rain cloud: [as modifier]: nimbus cloudsMore example sentences
- Above the mighty fortress of earth, dark cumulous nimbus clouds clash violently against each other invoking the worst of all storms and hindering all whom dare to cross by air.
- As though a spell was spoken, a strong, chilling wind passed over the two and a large nimbus cloud blocked the Sun out.
- Her face, all her skin, was the color of the nimbus clouds on a calm summer afternoon.
early 17th century: from Latin, literally 'cloud, aureole'.
More definitions of nimbusDefinition of nimbus in:
- The US English dictionary