[ hey-loh ]
/ ˈheɪ loʊ /
noun, plural ha·los, ha·loes.
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 halo around Shakespeare's works; She put a halo around her son.
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.
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.
verb (used with object), ha·loed, ha·lo·ing.
to surround with a halo.
verb (used without object), ha·loed, ha·lo·ing.
to form a halo.
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Origin of halo
1555–65; <Latin, accusative of halōs circle round sun or moon <Greek hálōs such a circle, disk, originally threshing floor
OTHER WORDS FROM haloun·ha·loed, adjective
Definition for halo (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “salt,” used in the formation of compound words (halophyte); sometimes specialized as a combining form of halogen (halothane).
Also especially before a vowel, hal-.
Origin of halo-
<Greek, combining form of háls salt
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British Dictionary definitions for halo (1 of 2)
/ (ˈheɪləʊ) /
noun plural -loes or -los
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
verb -loes, -los, -loing or -loed
to surround with or form a halo
Derived forms of halohalo-like, adjective
Word Origin for halo
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin halōs circular threshing floor, from Greek
British Dictionary definitions for halo (2 of 2)
hali- or before a vowel hal-
indicating salt or the seahalophyte
relating to or containing a halogenhalothane
Word Origin for halo-
from Greek hals, hal- sea, salt
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Medical definitions for halo (1 of 2)
[ hā′lō ]
n. pl. ha•los
A reddish yellow ring surrounding the optic disk, caused by an expansion of the scleral ring that makes the deeper structures visible.
A ring of light surrounding a luminous body.
Medical definitions for halo (2 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for halo
[ hā′lō ]
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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