- 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.
- to surround with a halo.
- to form a halo.
Origin of halo
- a combining form meaning “salt,” used in the formation of compound words (halophyte); sometimes specialized as a combining form of halogen (halothane).
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Examples from the Web for halo
Contemporary Examples of halo
“You gotta play ‘Halo’ for your angel-fish,” she instructs.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star
October 31, 2014
For Microsoft in 2014, this meant showing the new Call of Duty, a Halo collection, and other entries in established franchises.Video Games Go Wild for Reboots
July 6, 2014
Maybe someday, the ARC4 system could even turn your walk to work into a game of Halo.
Functionally, the end product makes walking around look a lot like playing a first-person shooter game like Halo.
The star is the cream itself, as opulent as crème fraiche, with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc., serving as a sort of halo.The Secret to This Ice Cream: Pampered Cows
Jane & Michael Stern
May 18, 2014
Historical Examples of halo
In her eagerness, it was as if the halo of joy that surrounded her were quivering.The Bacillus of Beauty
Her hair was soft and light, and formed a halo round her forehead.My Double Life
She placed him on a dizzy height above her, amid a halo of goodness and grandeur.The Christian
There is always a ring of land round a town, like a halo round the moon.Another Sheaf
And the halo formed of those tears ennobled all she saw about her.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
- 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
Word Origin for halo
hali- or before a vowel hal-
- indicating salt or the seahalophyte
- relating to or containing a halogenhalothane
Word Origin for halo-
1560s, from Latin halo (nominative halos), from Greek halos "disk of the sun or moon, ring of light around the sun or moon" (also "threshing floor" and "disk of a shield"), of unknown origin. Sense of "light around the head of a holy person or deity" first recorded 1640s. As a verb from 1801.
before vowels hal-, word-forming element meaning "salt, sea," from Greek hals (genitive halos) "a lump of salt, salt generally," in Homer, "the sea," from PIE *sal- "salt" (see salt (n.)).
- A reddish yellow ring surrounding the optic disk, caused by an expansion of the scleral ring that makes the deeper structures visible.
- Glaucomatous halo.
- A ring of light surrounding a luminous body.
- 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.