Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A garland, wreath, or circlet for the head.
  • n. Linguistics A coronal consonant.
  • adj. Of or relating to a corona, especially of the head.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or having the direction of the coronal suture or of the plane dividing the body into front and back portions.
  • adj. Linguistics Articulated by raising the blade of the tongue, as (t) in tip and (n) in night.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crown or coronet.
  • n. A wreath or garland of flowers.
  • n. a variant of colonel
  • n. The frontal bone, over which the ancients wore their coronae or garlands.
  • adj. relating to a crown
  • adj. relating to the corona of a star
  • adj. relating to the corona of a flower
  • adj. relating to a sound made with the tip or blade of the tongue
  • adj. a "coronal plane" or a "coronal section" divides a body into dorsal (back) and ventral (front)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a corona (in any of the senses).
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a king's crown, or coronation.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the top of the head or skull.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the shell of a sea urchin.
  • n. A crown; wreath; garland.
  • n. The frontal bone, over which the ancients wore their coronæ or garlands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a crown; relating to the crown or to coronation.
  • In anatomy and zoology, pertaining to a corona, in any sense of the word; coronary. Specifically— Pertaining to the corona or top of the head: as, the coronal suture (that is, the frontoparietal suture); coronal feathers of a bird.
  • Corresponding to the coronal suture (that is, transverse and longitudinal) in direction: said of any plane or section of the body extending from one side to the other through or parallel with the long axis: distinguished from sagittal: as, a coronal section of the foot.
  • Of or pertaining to a corona, or halo around one of the heavenly bodies; specifically, pertaining to the corona of the sun.
  • n. A crown, wreath, or garland.
  • n. The head of a tilting-lance of iron, furnished with two, three, or four blunt points, which give a good hold on shield or helmet when striking, but do not penetrate.
  • n. The tilting-lance itself.
  • n. In anatomy, the coronal or frontoparietal suture. See cut under skull.
  • n. In biology, a coronal or crowning cell; one of the ectoblasts of a segmented ovum in certain stages of its development.
  • In botany, pertaining to a corona in any of the botanical senses of that word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin corōnālis, of a crown, from corōna, crown; see crown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin coronalis ("related to a crown"), from corona ("crown"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The comet was left a bare rock, with its severed tail wrapped around the front of the solar storm, known as a coronal mass ejection.

    Hurricane Chops Tail Off of Comet | Impact Lab

  • A jet of highly energized particles, called a coronal mass ejection, was spotted billowing away from the sun a short time later.

    Space Diary: Solar Cycle

  • That depth perception is also particularly helpful for studying a type of solar eruption called a coronal mass ejection.

    NASA Releases 3D Images of the Sun | Impact Lab

  • BILL TUCKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They are officially known as coronal mass expulsions, but most people know them better at solar flares.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2005

  • For that matter the coronal was a bye-word, and why not?

    The Collectors

  • There isn't a lot of evidence pointing to little green men involving themselves in Earthly affairs, but the sun has been throwing bursts of highly charged particles into space in a phenomenon known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • But far worse storms called coronal mass ejections can send X-rays and immense ionized gas clouds called plasma into the Earth's atmosphere.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • A huge explosion of plasma, which scientists call a coronal mass ejection, followed.

    The Seattle Times

  • The sun unleashed a powerful solar flare and an event known as a coronal mas ejection CME on Saturday.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • These include radiation-flinging solar flares and phenomena known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) - massive clouds of solar plasma that can streak through space at up to 3 million mph (5 million kph).

    FOXNews.com

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