Nimbus



[nim-buh s] /ˈnɪm bəs/

noun, plural nimbi
[nim-buh bahy] /ˈnɪm bəbaɪ/ (Show IPA), nimbuses.
1.
Classical Mythology. a shining cloud sometimes surrounding a deity when on earth.
2.
a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing:
The candidate was encompassed with a nimbus of fame.
3.
(def 1).
4.
the type of dense clouds or cloud mass with ragged edges, that yields rain or snow; a rain cloud.
5.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of polar-orbiting meteorological and environmental research satellites, the last of which Nimbus 7, launched 1978, was the first satellite designed to monitor atmospheric pollutants.
/ˈnɪmbəs/
noun (pl) -bi (-baɪ), -buses
1.

2.

3.
a surrounding aura or atmosphere
n.

1610s, “bright cloud surrounding a god,” from Latin nimbus “cloud,” perhaps related to nebula “cloud, mist” (see nebula). Meaning “halo” is first recorded c.1730. Meteorological sense of “a rain cloud” is from 1803.
nimbus
(nĭm’bəs)
Plural nimbi (nĭm’bī’) or nimbuses
A rain cloud.

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