[hey-loh] /ˈheɪ loʊ/
noun, plural halos, haloes.
Also called nimbus. a geometric shape, usually in the form of a disk, circle, ring, or rayed structure, traditionally representing a radiant light around or above the head of a divine or sacred personage, an ancient or medieval monarch, etc.
an atmosphere or quality of glory, majesty, sanctity, or the like:
the halo around Shakespeare’s works; She put a halo around her son.
Meteorology. any of a variety of bright circles or arcs centered on the sun or moon, caused by the refraction or reflection of light by ice crystals suspended in the earth’s atmosphere and exhibiting prismatic coloration ranging from red inside to blue outside (distinguished from ).
Astronomy. a spherical cloud of gas clusters and stars that form part of a spiral galaxy.
an undesirable bright or dark ring surrounding an image on the fluorescent screen of a television tube, due to some fault either in transmission or reception.
verb (used with object), haloed, haloing.
to surround with a halo.
verb (used without object), haloed, haloing.
to form a halo.
a combining form meaning “salt,” used in the formation of compound words (halophyte); sometimes specialized as a combining form of (halothane).
noun (pl) -loes, -los
a disc or ring of light around the head of an angel, saint, etc, as in painting or sculpture
the aura surrounding an idealized, famous, or admired person, thing, or event
a circle of light around the sun or moon, caused by the refraction of light by particles of ice
(astronomy) a spherical cloud of stars surrounding the Galaxy and other spiral galaxies
verb -loes, -los, -loing, -loed
to surround with or form a halo
indicating salt or the sea: halophyte
relating to or containing a halogen: halothane
1560s, from Latin halo (nominative halos), from Greek halos “disk of the sun or moon, ring of light around the sun or moon” (also “threshing floor” and “disk of a shield”), of unknown origin. Sense of “light around the head of a holy person or deity” first recorded 1640s. As a verb from 1801.
before vowels hal-, word-forming element meaning “salt, sea,” from Greek hals (genitive halos) “a lump of salt, salt generally,” in Homer, “the sea,” from PIE *sal- “salt” (see salt (n.)).
halo ha·lo (hā’lō)
n. pl. ha·los or ha·loes
halo- or hal-
A hazy ring of colored light in the sky around the Sun, Moon, or a similar bright object. A halo is caused by the reflection and refraction of light through atmospheric ice crystals.
[hal-oh-bak-teer-ee-uh] /ˌhæl oʊ bækˈtɪər i ə/ plural noun, singular halobacterium [hal-oh-bak-teer-ee-uh m] /ˌhæl oʊ bækˈtɪər i əm/ (Show IPA) 1. rod-shaped archaebacteria, as of the genera Halobacterium and Halococcus, occurring in saline environments as the Dead Sea, salt flats, and brine, and using the pigment bacteriorhodopsin rather than chlorophyll for photosynthesis.
[hal-oh-bahy-ont, hey-loh-] /ˌhæl oʊˈbaɪ ɒnt, ˌheɪ loʊ-/ noun, Biology. 1. an organism that thrives in a saline environment. /ˌhæləʊˈbaɪɒnt/ noun 1. a plant or animal that lives in a salty environment such as the sea
noun 1. a disease of plants, characterized by small, necrotic leaf or fruit lesions surrounded by a yellowish, halolike band, caused by any of several bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas.
- Halo car
noun a unique automobile designed to draw attention to the brand Examples People come to see the halo car and then buy one of the regular models Word Origin allusion to the vehicle’s putting a “halo” over the brand name