aurora borealis

Definitions

  • Aurora Borealis
    Aurora Borealis
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aurora borealis the aurora of the northern hemisphere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aurora borealis A luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible only at night, and supposed to be of electrical origin. This species of light usually appears in streams, ascending toward the zenith from a dusky line or bank, a few degrees above the northern horizon; when reaching south beyond the zenith, it forms what is called the corona, about a spot in the heavens toward which the dipping needle points. Occasionally the aurora appears as an arch of light across the heavens from east to west. Sometimes it assumes a wavy appearance, and the streams of light are then called merry dancers. They assume a variety of colors, from a pale red or yellow to a deep red or blood color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Aurora Borealis aw-rō′ra bō-rē-ā′lis, the northern aurora or light: a luminous meteoric phenomenon of electrical character seen in northern latitudes, with a tremulous motion, and giving forth streams of light
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. borealis, northern—boreas, the north wind. See Austral.

Usage

In literature:

When I first went to Brighton there was one evening a brilliant aurora borealis.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
It's an aurora borealis.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Prof. H.M. Russell thinks that the phenomenon was a detached cloud of aurora borealis.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
It cannot be pictured by brush or pen, this Aurora Borealis.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
For many days the land was illuminated for a while every night by the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
The prodigy, as described, was what we should call a very decided and unusual aurora borealis.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
But nothing equals a first-class field night of the mysterious aurora borealis.
"Oowikapun" by Egerton Ryerson Young
In addition to this the Aurora Borealis was sending its beautiful flashes of pale-green light all across the western sky.
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Was not the Aurora Borealis performing in all its splendour?
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He had been to school, so he knew that these were only the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.
"The Book of Dragons" by Edith Nesbit
What they saw, however, was little like the pale, cold rays of the aurora borealis.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Was a red letter A actually seen in the midnight sky, or was it a freak of the aurora borealis?
"Four Americans" by Henry A. Beers
The Aurora Borealis is a group of boys playing football.
"A Treasury of Eskimo Tales" by Clara Kern Bayliss
To say that the light given by the aurora borealis does duty for sunlight is not true.
"Peeps at Many Lands: Norway" by A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
It was followed by six months of the shifting iridescence of the Aurora Borealis.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
The phenomenon, the aurora borealis, or polaris, has never been satisfactorily explained.
"New and Original Theories of the Great Physical Forces" by Henry Raymond Rogers
Ships will cross the polar seas, thawed beneath the Aurora Borealis.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
The Aurora Borealis is trying to climb over Pain's Fire-Works.
"Fables in Slang" by George Ade
It was an aurora borealis.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Aurora borealis, I, 134.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
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In poetry:

"Yes, 'tis melancholy, truly, to forecast the fierce, unruly
Supersurging of their blushes, like the flushes upon high
When Aurora Borealis lights her circumpolar palace
And in customary manner sets her banner in the sky.
"At The Close Of The Canvass" by Ambrose Bierce
Then that venerable warner disappeared around a corner,
And the season of unreason having also taken flight,
All the cheeks of men were burning like the skies to crimson turning
When Aurora Borealis fires her premises by night.
"At The Close Of The Canvass" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

Clear skies offer a treat early Monday morning as the aurora borealis lights up the sky over the Kenai Range in a display that crossed from horizon to horizon.
Northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis or aurora polaris, generally occur in high latitudes.
The aurora borealis — or "northern lights" — are seen overhead in this photo taken recently near Eagle River.
Journey to Ixtlan Pyramids of Light Journey to Ixtlan Aurora Borealis 2:03 AM.
Thanks to the natural wonder, the aurora borealis, Fairbanks ranked high on the list of 2013 travel destinations .
Reader-submitted photos: 2012 aurora borealis.
Cameras caught time- lapse video of the light show known as the aurora borealis dancing over the sky in Minnesota.
Time- lapse of aurora borealis over Minnesota.
Up close with the aurora borealis.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan residents who spied the night sky this week were treated to quite a display: a dance of aurora borealis.
Aurora Borealis was captured from atop Mt Washington overnight into Wednesday morning.
Northern lights , also known as the aurora borealis or aurora polaris, generally occur in high latitudes.
This photo, taken in January from aboard the International Space Station as it flew above south central Nebraska, shows the Aurora Borealis over the midwest of the United States.
This year, the Aurora Borealis is extra vivid and spectacular due to the largest solar flare in six years.
With a little luck, Western Washingtonians could get a good view of the aurora borealis tonight.
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