- Classical Mythology. a shining cloud sometimes surrounding a deity when on earth.
- a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing: The candidate was encompassed with a nimbus of fame.
- halo(def 1).
- the type of dense clouds or cloud mass with ragged edges, that yields rain or snow; a rain cloud.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of polar-orbiting meteorological and environmental research satellites, the last of which Nimbus 7, launched 1978, was the first satellite designed to monitor atmospheric pollutants.
Origin of nimbus
Examples from the Web for nimbus
As journalists report bolder acts by the renegades, Nimbus and his friends are forced to move further from childhood innocence.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 8, 2013
G. Clay Whittaker
April 9, 2013
It was like a thunderbolt in a nimbus—the rush of Flagg down the mountain.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
He puffed quietly until his head was surrounded by a nimbus of smoke.Pandemic
Jesse Franklin Bone
The nimbus of the saint in his eyes, was associated with the crown of martyrdom.The Little Savage
Captain Frederick Marryat
Above is a nimbus of clouds, and above the nimbus, the weighing of souls.Highways and Byways in Surrey
The gas-lights have no heart in them, and each wears a nimbus.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
- a dark grey rain-bearing cloud
- (in combination)cumulonimbus clouds
- an emanation of light surrounding a saint or deity
- a representation of this emanation
- a surrounding aura or atmosphere
Word Origin and History for nimbus
1610s, "bright cloud surrounding a god," from Latin nimbus "cloud," perhaps related to nebula "cloud, mist" (see nebula). Meaning "halo" is first recorded c.1730. Meteorological sense of "a rain cloud" is from 1803.
- A rain cloud.