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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.&hand; "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.

The noun has 2 senses

1. aura, aureole, halo, nimbus, glory, gloriole -- an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
2. nimbus, nimbus_cloud, rain_cloud -- a dark grey cloud bearing rain
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