nimbus

[ nim-buh s ]
/ ˈnɪm bəs /
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noun, plural nim·bi [nim-buh bahy] /ˈnɪm bəbaɪ/, nim·bus·es.

Classical Mythology. a shining cloud sometimes surrounding a deity when on earth.
a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing: The candidate was encompassed with a nimbus of fame.
the type of dense clouds or cloud mass with ragged edges, that yields rain or snow; a rain cloud.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of polar-orbiting meteorological and environmental research satellites, the last of which Nimbus 7, launched 1978, was the first satellite designed to monitor atmospheric pollutants.

Origin of nimbus

1610–20; < Latin: a rainstorm, rain cloud, thundercloud, cloud; akin to Latin nebula and Greek nephélē, néphos cloud

Related forms

nim·bused, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nimbi

nimbus

/ (ˈnɪmbəs) /

noun plural -bi (-baɪ) or -buses

  1. a dark grey rain-bearing cloud
  2. (in combination)cumulonimbus clouds
  1. an emanation of light surrounding a saint or deity
  2. a representation of this emanation
a surrounding aura or atmosphere

Derived Forms

nimbused, adjective

Word Origin for nimbus

C17: from Latin: cloud, radiance
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Science definitions for nimbi

nimbus

[ nĭmbəs ]

Plural nimbi (nĭmbī′) nimbuses

A rain cloud.

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