Also called nimbus . a geometric shape, usually in the form of a disk, circle, ring, or rayed structure, traditionally representing a radiant light around or above the head of a divine or sacred personage, an ancient or medieval monarch, etc.
an atmosphere or quality of glory, majesty, sanctity, or the like: The "profession" of a medieval lord cast a halo around him and made him a ruler of men.
Meteorology. any of a variety of bright circles or arcs centered on the sun or moon, caused by the refraction or reflection of light by ice crystals suspended in the earth's atmosphere and exhibiting prismatic coloration ranging from red inside to blue outside (distinguished from corona).
Astronomy. a spherical cloud of gas clusters and stars that form part of a spiral galaxy.
any of various other things resembling a halo, especially a lighter or differently colored area surrounding an object: I think the scab was from some kind of bite, and now there's a halo around it with bruising.
Also called Cellini's halo . Heiligenschein.
an undesirable bright or dark ring surrounding an image on the fluorescent screen of a television tube, due to some fault either in transmission or reception.
to surround with a halo.
to form a halo.
- un·ha·loed, adjective
Other definitions for halo- (2 of 2)
- Also especially before a vowel, hal-.
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How to use halo in a sentence
Amazon Basics offers a line of sturdy outdoor space heaters constructed of aluminum, plastic, and steel, that create a halo of heat in an impressive 9-foot radius.Backyard party essentials: Outdoor Super Bowl party ideas for 2021 | PopSci Commerce Team | January 30, 2021 | Popular-Science
Another problem here is that, since 2016 or so, many liberals have put a halo over the head of the FBI.The Trailer: How Democrats plan to fight domestic terror | David Weigel | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Light focusing tech on top of the diodes helps prevent a phenomenon called blooming, in which light from bright pixels leaks into surrounding dark areas to create ugly halos around objects on-screen.Samsung is betting big on tiny LEDs for its 2021 TV lineup | Stan Horaczek | January 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
He chose the one that looked like it would fit Illing’s finger — gold plastic with a fake diamond in a halo setting.The pandemic helped them realize: I want to marry you | Ashley Fetters | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
According to the standard story of the Milky Way, these stars should be swarming throughout the halo, the first part of the galaxy to form.
“You gotta play ‘halo’ for your angel-fish,” she instructs.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star | Kevin Fallon | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For Microsoft in 2014, this meant showing the new Call of Duty, a halo collection, and other entries in established franchises.
Maybe someday, the ARC4 system could even turn your walk to work into a game of halo.Augmented Reality System Goes From Military to Market | Rose Eveleth | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Functionally, the end product makes walking around look a lot like playing a first-person shooter game like halo.Augmented Reality System Goes From Military to Market | Rose Eveleth | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The star is the cream itself, as opulent as crème fraiche, with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc., serving as a sort of halo.
The sun was on Evelyn Clifford's hair, burnishing it to a halo of gold under the white hat.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
With the halo of this action still surrounding him, in March, 1796, he first came into direct connection with Bonaparte.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
For one deathless moment his genius had carried him to the heights, and a white blaze of publicity had given him a halo of glory.The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
Her flower in one hand and the umbrella making a bright halo round her, she looks like a little idol from overseas.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
The revolution of 1688 dissipated the halo which had shed a fictitious light round the throne.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
British Dictionary definitions for halo (1 of 2)
a disc or ring of light around the head of an angel, saint, etc, as in painting or sculpture
the aura surrounding an idealized, famous, or admired person, thing, or event
a circle of light around the sun or moon, caused by the refraction of light by particles of ice
astronomy a spherical cloud of stars surrounding the Galaxy and other spiral galaxies
to surround with or form a halo
- halo-like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for halo- (2 of 2)
indicating salt or the sea: halophyte
relating to or containing a halogen: halothane
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Scientific definitions for halo
A hazy ring of colored light in the sky around the Sun, Moon, or a similar bright object. A halo is caused by the reflection and refraction of light through atmospheric ice crystals.
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