- 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.
- halo(def 1).
- 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
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Examples from the Web for nimbi
They and their emblems are painted; the nimbi and the ribs of the shells are gilded.The Shores of the Adriatic
F. Hamilton Jackson
I have printed nimbiferi in preference to nubiferi because Jupiter is linked with nimbi at two other passages.
Each have nimbi of a blue colour, surmounted by crosses, with globular extremities.
- a dark grey rain-bearing cloud
- (in combination)cumulonimbus clouds
- an emanation of light surrounding a saint or deity
- a representation of this emanation
- a surrounding aura or atmosphere
C17: from Latin: cloud, radiance
Word Origin and History for nimbi
1610s, "bright cloud surrounding a god," from Latin nimbus "cloud," perhaps related to nebula "cloud, mist" (see nebula). Meaning "halo" is first recorded c.1730. Meteorological sense of "a rain cloud" is from 1803.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A rain cloud.
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