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.

⇒ "The nimbus is of pagan origin." "As an atribute of power, the nimbus is often seen attached to the heads of evil spirits."

Fairholl.

2. Meteor.

A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud.

 

© Webster 1913.

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