[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.
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

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.

halo ha·lo (hā’lō)
n. pl. ha·los or ha·loes

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.


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