- the ancient Roman goddess of the dawn.Compare Eos.
- (lowercase) dawn.
- (lowercase) Meteorology. a radiant emission from the upper atmosphere that occurs sporadically over the middle and high latitudes of both hemispheres in the form of luminous bands, streamers, or the like, caused by the bombardment of the atmosphere with charged solar particles that are being guided along the earth's magnetic lines of force.
- a city in central Colorado, near Denver.
- a city in NE Illinois.
- a female given name.
Origin of Aurora
Examples from the Web for aurora
Contemporary Examples of aurora
She was a talented singer, and after graduating high school in Aurora she enrolled at Denver Community College to study music.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
Aurora Snow canvassed the adult industry to see which television shows excite its XXX talent.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’
September 20, 2014
How did it come to be then that she would feel an affinity for Aurora and start to care for her?The ‘Maleficent’ Screenwriter Also Wrote ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
June 1, 2014
Clevenger sounds little better than he did 10 years ago in a letter to the editor in the Aurora Advertiser.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article said Miller was from Marrionville but he lived in neighboring Aurora.
Historical Examples of aurora
On the 16th of April the 'Aurora' dropped anchor in the harbour of Zanzibar.Freeland
Then Aurora saw that Tithonus was growing into a little old man.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
The aurora, like a hundred searchlights, was whipping across the sky.The Long Labrador Trail
The gang-plank was hauled in, and the Aurora swung out from the bank.White Fang
Already has not its aurora brightened the tops of my snow-covered mountains?Wilfrid Cumbermede
- an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands, curtains, or streamers of light, usually green, red, or yellow, that move across the sky in polar regions. It is caused by collisions between air molecules and charged particles from the sun that are trapped in the earth's magnetic field
- poetic the dawn
Word Origin for aurora
- the Roman goddess of the dawnGreek counterpart: Eos
- the dawn or rise of something
- another name for Maewo
late 14c., from Latin Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, from PIE *ausus- "dawn," also the name of the Indo-European goddess of the dawn, from root *aus- "to shine," especially of the dawn (cf. Greek eos "dawn," auein "to dry, kindle;" Sanskrit usah, Lithuanian ausra "dawn;" Latin auster "south wind," usum "to burn;" Old English east "east").
- A brilliant display of bands or folds of variously colored light in the sky at night, especially in polar regions. Charged particles from the solar wind are channeled through the Earth's magnetic field into the polar regions. There the particles collide with atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere, ionizing them and making them glow. Auroras are of greatest intensity and extent during periods of increased sunspot activity, when they often interfere with telecommunications on Earth.♦ An aurora that occurs in southern latitudes is called an aurora australis (ô-strā′lĭs) or southern lights. When it occurs in northern latitudes it is called an aurora borealis (bôr′ē-ăl′ĭs) or northern lights. See also magnetic storm.