• WordNet 3.6
    • n nimbus an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
    • n nimbus a dark grey cloud bearing rain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nimbus (Fine Arts) 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.
    • Nimbus (Meteor) A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nimbus A cloud or system of clouds from which rain is falling; a rain-cloud. See cloud .
    • n nimbus In art and Christian archæol., a halo or disk of light surrounding the head in representations of divine or sacred personages; also, a disk or circle sometimes depicted in early times round the heads of emperors and other great men. The nimbus of God the Father is represented as of triangular form, with rays diverging from it on all sides, or in the form of two superposed triangles, or in the same form (inscribed with the cross) as that of Christ. The nimbus of Christ contains a cross more or less enriched; that cf the Virgin Mary is a plain circle, or occasionally a circlet of small stars, and that of angels and sainlsis often a circle of small rays. When the nimbus is depicted of a square form, it is supposed to indicate that the person was alive at the time of delineation. Nimbus is to be distinguished from aureola and glory.
    • n nimbus In heraldry, a circle formed of a single line, drawn around the head and disappearing where it seems to go behind it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nimbus nim′bus the raincloud:
    • n Nimbus nim′bus (paint.) the disc or halo, generally circular or semicircular, which encircles the head of the sacred person represented
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a rain storm, a rain cloud, the cloudshaped which enveloped the gods when they appeared on earth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

He walks in a nimbus of it.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
For some seconds Clancy is invisible, the sulphurous smoke forming a nimbus around him.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
We can see the nimbus on the few, but not on the crowd; on the unusual, but not upon the commonplace.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Long parallel rows, narrowing to a point under a distant hazy nimbus, marked the course of the outreaching arteries of a great city.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Her head, crowned with a wavy nimbus of Titian auburn, was superbly set upon her fine, symmetrical shoulders.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
The rain ended as she rode inland; ahead of her a double rainbow glowed and slowly faded to a rosy nimbus.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
He goes about with his thinking face, and a kind of nimbus over him, of never needing to read at all.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
All the three figures have the nimbus.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Above is a nimbus of clouds, and above the nimbus, the weighing of souls.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The gas-lights have no heart in them, and each wears a nimbus.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

In poetry:

The nimbus is spread
above our island. Rain
lightly patters on un-
shed leaves. The books
of fall litter the bed.
"October" by James Schuyler
I saw the fragments of the cloud
Join with the nucleus form,
Cirrus to Nimbus quickly bowed--
Sure harbinger of storm.
"On Brooklyn Bridge" by Jared Barhite
The nimbus still doth gleam
On these the heroes, sages of the earth,
The few who found, in life of any worth,
Only their loftiest dream.
"Reality" by Emma Lazarus
Blue were her eyes, and golden
The nimbus of her hair;
And crimson as a flower
Her mouth that kissed me there;
That kissed and bade me follow,
And smiled away my care.
"The Haunted Woodland" by Madison Julius Cawein
Everywhere light seems breaking forth into flower and star,
Whether on shore in stillness, or wavering on the deep.
The islands are nests where silence inviolate doth deep;
An ardent nimbus hovers o'er yon horizons far.
"The Glory Of The Heavens" by Emile Verhaeren
LOOK down, fair moon, and bathe this scene;
Pour softly down night's nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen,
On the dead, on their backs, with their arms toss'd wide,
Pour down your unstinted nimbus, sacred moon.
"Look Down, Fair Moon" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Nimbus Independent goes to Japan in their first webisode of the winter.
Danica from Mesa Count Animal Services is in the studio with our latest Pet of the Week, Nimbus .
The crew from Nimbus Independent never ceases to impress.
A film collaboration started in 2007 by pro skiers Eric Pollard, Pep Fujas, Andy Mahre, and Chris Benchetler, Nimbus is about pushing the boundaries of skiing and filmmaking, progressing both their art and their sport simultaneously.
Nimbus Data Launches Powerful New Flash Memory Arrays to Enable Future-proof Ultra-efficient Data Centers.
Nimbus Gemini Solid-State Storage Built From the Ground Up.
Nimbus Dance Works will kick off its spring season in Jersey City today, June 7, with two world premieres.
Nimbus Data Systems believes the future of enterprise storage is solid-state NAND flash.
Nimbus Dance Works 'Jersey City Nutcracker' continues.
Press Releases Nimbus Unveils New Corporate Headquarters,Sees Rapid Deployment of Flash Storage in the Enterprise.
Nimbus Unveils New Corporate Headquarters,Sees Rapid Deployment of Flash Storage in the Enterprise.
Nimbus Data Goes All In With Flash-Only Storage.
Bill Gates-backed startup Nimbus Discovery closes $24M funding.
A few thousand salmon find their way back to their home stomping grounds each year, the Nimbus Hatchery.
Nimbus Brewing Company Taproom.

In science:

The solution to the symmetric twin paradox will require us to rethink the very nimbus of the STR’s central philosophy, namely that it is impossible for an inertial observer to detect their state of motion.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion