Nimbuses
Nimbus Nim"bus, n.; pl. L. {Nimbi}, E. {Nimbuses}. [L., a rain storm, a rain cloud, the cloudshaped which enveloped the gods when they appeared on earth.] 1. (Fine Arts) 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``The nimbus is of pagan origin.'' ``As an attribute of power, the nimbus is often seen attached to the heads of evil spirits.'' --Fairholl. [1913 Webster]

2. (Meteor.) A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See {Cloud}. [1913 Webster]


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