halo definition

  • noun:
    • A circular musical organization of coloured light around a light source, as across the sun or moon, due to the refraction and representation of light by ice particles suspended into the intervening environment.
    • Something resembling this band.
    • A luminous band or disk of light surrounding the minds or bodies of sacred figures, such as for example saints, in religious paintings; a nimbus.
    • The aura of majesty or glory surrounding one or thing which regarded with reverence, awe, or belief.
    • A circular band of colored light, visible around the sun or moon etc., caused by representation and refraction of light by ice crystals into the atmosphere.
    • A cloud of gas along with other matter surrounding and grabbed because of the gravitational field of a big diffuse astronomical object, particularly a galaxy or cluster of galaxies.
    • such a thing resembling this band, such as an impact caused by imperfect developing of photographs.
    • nimbus, a luminous disk, frequently of gold, around or higher the heads of saints, etc., in religious paintings.
    • The metaphorical aura of glory, veneration or sentiment which surrounds an idealized entity.
    • A luminous circle, usually prismatically colored, round the sun or moon, and supposed to be caused by the refraction of light through crystals of ice in the atmosphere. Connected with halos there are often white bands, crosses, or arches, resulting from the same atmospheric conditions.
    • A circle of light; especially, the brilliant band represented in painting as surrounding the minds of saints alongside holy people; a glory; a nimbus.
    • a great glory investing, or influencing one's perception of, an object.
    • A colored circle around a nipple; an areola.
    • A luminous group, either white or coloured, seen round the sunshine or moon, and generally of 22° or of 46° radius, the definite radii according to the definite perspectives of ice-crystals.
    • A circle of light, as nimbus surrounding the pinnacle of a saint. See nimbus.
    • A brownish circle around the nipple; an areola.
    • Pl. halones (hal′ ō˙-nēz). In ornithology, particular chiefly concentric rings of shade within the yolk of an egg: an optical appearance because of the deposition associated with the yolk in consecutive layers or strata.
    • Figuratively, a perfect shine or glory spending an object as seen through the medium of sensation or sentiment.
    • a toroidal form
    • a circle of light around the sunlight or moon
    • an illustration of radiant light drawn round the mind of a saint
  • verb-transitive:
    • To encircle with or like with a halo.
  • verb:
    • To encircle with a halo.
    • To form, or surround with, a halo; to encircle with, or just like, a halo.
  • others:
    • to create a halo.
    • To surround with a halo.

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