from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An invisible breath, emanation, or radiation.
- n. A distinctive but intangible quality that seems to surround a person or thing; atmosphere: An aura of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters.
- n. Pathology A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with something.
- n. An invisible force surrounding a living creature.
- n. Perceptual disturbance experienced by some migraine sufferers before a migraine headache.
- n. Telltale sensation experienced by some people with epilepsy before a seizure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any subtile, invisible emanation, effluvium, or exhalation from a substance, as the aroma of flowers, the odor of the blood, a supposed fertilizing emanation from the pollen of flowers, etc.
- n. The peculiar sensation, as of a light vapor, or cold air, rising from the trunk or limbs towards the head, a premonitory symptom of epilepsy or hysterics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A supposed influence, force, or imponderable matter proceeding from a body and surrounding it as an atmosphere; specifically, an imponderable substance supposed to emanate from all living things, to consist of the subtle essence of the individual, and to be a means of manifesting what is called animal magnetism, and also a medium for the operation of alleged mesmeric, clairvoyant, and somnambulic powers. Also called nerve-aura, or nervaura.
- n. Figuratively, atmosphere; air; character, etc.
- n. A peculiar sensation resembling that produced by a current of air. See epileptic aura, below.
- n. An old native name of any South American vulture excepting the condor; an urubu, tzopilotl, gallinazo, turkey-buzzard, or carrion-crow.
- n. [capitalized] In Greek myth, a personification of the lighter winds or breezes, the divinities of the air.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sensation (as of a cold breeze or bright light) that precedes the onset of certain disorders such as a migraine attack or epileptic seizure
- n. a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
- n. an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
A standstill, to which the suspicious word "communication" lends a certain aura, is making headway.
She will wear instead what she refers to as an aura blue dress.
The word aura, which is of Latin origin and first appeared in the 1300s, means gentle breeze or breath of air.
If you click on that "aura" link, you'll see that the visual aura is often associated with loss of visual fields, a condition that could be caused by oxygen deprivation to visual centers in the brain.
The "aura" is created not by the object but by the belief in the object as authentic and unique.
That gave his tenure in Congress an aura from the very start: On the one hand, Democrats hailed him as an emblem of the breadth of their victories in 2008; on the other, he was instantly branded a top target for 2010 by Republicans who promised to retire him after a single term.
Kim Cattrall and Jeffery Kissoon are cleverly cast, since each carries an aura from a previous role that lends lustre to the part they play: he as the great warrior Karna from Peter Brook's Mahabharata and she as Samantha, Sex and the City's love 'em and leave 'em, 40-something vamp.
About 20% of patients have what is known as an aura, which precedes the painful headache phase of a migraine, Bartleson says.
Besides the obvious benefits of the mailing list and the attention that he has received, secrets carry with them a certain aura and excitement.
Robert Cashill on The Aura: "[Fabian] Bielinsky's attempt to create the fugue-state experience of an aura is admirable; to judge from my experience, it may have worked too well."