halo

[ hey-loh ]
/ ˈheɪ loʊ /

noun, plural ha·los, ha·loes.

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, orig. threshing floor

OTHER WORDS FROM halo

un·ha·loed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for haloing

  • "I am very much agitated," said Philip, haloing and crowning it.

    Thorley Weir|E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson

British Dictionary definitions for haloing

halo
/ (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 halo

halo-like, adjective

Word Origin for halo

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin halōs circular threshing floor, from Greek
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Medical definitions for haloing

halo
[ hālō ]

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.
Glaucomatous halo.
A ring of light surrounding a luminous body.
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Scientific definitions for haloing

halo
[ hālō ]

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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