from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cloudy radiance said to surround a classical deity when on earth.
- n. A radiant light that appears usually in the form of a circle or halo about or over the head in the representation of a god, demigod, saint, or sacred person such as a king or an emperor.
- n. A splendid atmosphere or aura, as of glamour, that surrounds a person or thing.
- n. A rain cloud, especially a low dark layer of clouds such as a nimbostratus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A circle of light; a halo.
- n. A gray rain cloud.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A circle, or disk, or any indication of radiant light around the heads of divinities, saints, and sovereigns, upon medals, pictures, etc.; a halo. See aureola, and glory, n., 5.
- n. A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloud or system of clouds from which rain is falling; a rain-cloud. See cloud .
- n. In art and Christian archæol., a halo or disk of light surrounding the head in representations of divine or sacred personages; also, a disk or circle sometimes depicted in early times round the heads of emperors and other great men.
- n. In heraldry, a circle formed of a single line, drawn around the head and disappearing where it seems to go behind it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
- n. a dark grey cloud bearing rain
Latin, cloud; see nebh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nimbus ("dark cloud") (Wiktionary)