- a white or colored circle or set of concentric circles of light seen around a luminous body, especially around the sun or moon.
- Meteorology. such a circle or set of circles having a small radius and ranging in color from blue inside to red outside, attributable to the diffraction caused by thin clouds, mist, or sometimes dust (distinguished from halo).
- Also called aureola, aureole. Astronomy. a faintly luminous envelope outside of the sun's chromosphere, the inner part consisting of highly ionized elements.
- a long, straight, untapered cigar, rounded at the closed end.
- Botany. a crownlike appendage, especially one on the inner side of a corolla, as in the narcissus.
- Anatomy. the upper portion or crown of a part, as of the head.
- Electricity. corona discharge.
- Architecture. the projecting, slablike member of a classical cornice supported by the bed molding or by modillions, dentils, etc., and supporting the cymatium.
- the tonsure of a cleric.
- Ecclesiastical. a gold-colored stripe around the lower edge of a clerical headdress, as of a miter.
- a chandelier of wrought metal, having the form of one or more concentric hoops.
Origin of corona
- a city in SE California.
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Examples from the Web for corona
On one occasion, he opened fire with a rifle on officers in Corona who were tasked with protecting one of his would-be targets.Rogue Ex-Cop Disappears in the Snow
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So Corona was sent to school; but not, as it befell, to Miss Dickinson's.
Corona caught at the word and repeated it with a shiver of excitement.
Corona's laugh was like the bubbling of water in a hidden well.
Corona carried him thus attired off to her bed in triumph—but not to sleep.
And what (do you suppose) did Corona seek in the kitchen garden?
- a circle of light around a luminous body, usually the moon
- Also called: aureole the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere, visible as a faint halo during a solar eclipse
- architect the flat vertical face of a cornice just above the soffit
- something resembling a corona or halo
- a circular chandelier suspended from the roof of a church
- the trumpet-shaped part of the corolla of daffodils and similar plants; the crown
- a crown of leafy outgrowths from inside the petals of some flowers
- anatomy a crownlike structure, such as the top of the head
- zoology the head or upper surface of an animal, such as the body of an echinoid or the disc and arms of a crinoid
- a long cigar with blunt ends
- physics short for corona discharge
C16: from Latin: crown, from Greek korōne anything curved; related to Greek korōnis wreath, korax crow, Latin curvus curved
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Word Origin and History for corona
1650s, from Latin corona "crown, garland" (see crown (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The crownlike upper portion of a body part or structure, such as the top of the head.
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- The luminous, irregular envelope of gas outside the chromosphere of a star. The Sun's corona is composed of ionized gas between approximately 1,000,000°K and 2,000,000°K and has an extremely low density. This phenomenon is visible only during a solar eclipse.
- A faintly colored luminous ring appearing to surround a celestial body (such as the Moon or Sun) that is visible through a haze or thin cloud, caused by diffraction of light from suspended matter in the intervening medium. Also called aureole
- A faint glow of the air in the region of very strong electric fields, caused by ionization of the air molecules and flow of current in that region in corona discharge.
- The crownlike upper portion of a bodily part or structure, such as the top of the head.
- A crown-shaped structure on the inner side of the petals of some flowers, such as the daffodil.
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