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nimbus

(nĭm`bəs), in art, the luminous disk or circle or other indication of light around the head of a sacred personage. It was used in Buddhist and other Asian art and by the early Greeks and Romans to designate gods and heroes and appeared in Christian art in the 5th cent. Although usually a circle or disk, the nimbus has various forms—triangular for God the Father; a circle with a cross for Jesus; a square for a living person; a disk or circle for a saint, with sometimes a band of small stars for the Virgin Mary. In stained glass Jesus and the Virgin were often represented surrounded by an ovoid light called a vesica piscis [Lat.,=fish bladder] (see iconographyiconography
[Gr.,=image-drawing] or iconology
[Gr.,=image-study], in art history, the study and interpretation of figural representations, either individual or symbolic, religious or secular; more broadly, the art of representation by pictures or images, which may or
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). The square form was symbolic of the material world; the circle symbolized spiritual perfection and eternal blessedness; and the triangle represented eternity and the Trinity. The nimbus is usually of gold and may have a clearly defined outline or the light may be diffused, radiating from the head in lines that melt into the picture. The term aureole may denote a crown or radiance around the head or it may be an oval used as a background for the whole body. When nimbus and aureole are combined for one figure, the illumination is called a glory. An almond-shaped glory is a mandorla. Halo is a nontechnical term to denote either a disk behind the head or a circle surrounding it.

nimbus,

in meteorology, low, dark, formless cloudcloud,
aggregation of minute particles of water or ice suspended in the air. Formation of Clouds

Clouds are formed when air containing water vapor is cooled below a critical temperature called the dew point and the resulting moisture condenses into droplets on
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 covering the entire sky, from which rain or snow is steadily falling. The term is usually applied to any cloud from which rain descends. Modifications are cumulonimbus, fractonimbus (ragged, broken nimbus), and nimbostratus.

Nimbus

 

a stylized depiction of light about the head, a symbol of holiness or godliness found in medieval Christian and Buddhist art.

nimbus

[′nim·bəs]
(astronomy)
(meteorology)
A characteristic rain cloud; the term is not used in the international cloud classification except as a combining term, as cumulonimbus.

nimbus

A halo or disk of light surrounding the head in representations of divine and sacred personages.

nimbus

The word means rain cloud. Nimbo is used as a prefix for rain clouds (e.g., nimbostratus)

nimbus

cloud of light signifying might, divinely imparted. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]

nimbus

1. 
a. a dark grey rain-bearing cloud
b. (in combination): cumulonimbus clouds
2. 
a. an emanation of light surrounding a saint or deity
b. a representation of this emanation
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