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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Halo  \Ha"lo\,  n.;  pl  {Halos}(?).  [L.  halos,  acc.  halo,  Gr  ?  a 
  thrashing  floor,  also  (from  its  round  shape)  the  disk  of  the 
  sun  or  moon,  and  later  a  halo  round  it  cf  Gr  ?  to  enfold, 
  ?  to  roll  round,  L.  volvere  and  E.  voluble.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  A  circle  of  light;  especially,  the  bright  ring  represented 
  in  painting  as  surrounding  the  heads  of  saints  and  other 
  holy  persons;  a  glory;  a  nimbus. 
 
  3.  An  ideal  glory  investing,  or  affecting  one's  perception 
  of  an  object. 
 
  4.  A  colored  circle  around  a  nipple;  an  areola. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Halo  \Ha"lo\,  v.  t.  &  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Haloed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Haloing}.] 
  To  form  or  surround  with  a  halo;  to  encircle  with  or  as 
  with  a  halo. 
 
  The  fire  That  haloed  round  his  saintly  brow.  --Sothey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  halo 
  n  1:  an  indication  of  radiant  light  drawn  around  the  head  of  a 
  saint  [syn:  {aura},  {nimbus},  {glory}] 
  2:  a  toroidal  shape;  "a  ring  of  ships  in  the  harbor";  "a  halo 
  of  smoke"  [syn:  {ring},  {annulus},  {anulus},  {doughnut},  {anchor 
  ring}] 
  3:  a  circle  of  light  around  the  sun  or  moon 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Halo,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  41633 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HALO,  n.  Properly,  a  luminous  ring  encircling  an  astronomical  body, 
  but  not  infrequently  confounded  with  "aureola,"  or  "nimbus,"  a 
  somewhat  similar  phenomenon  worn  as  a  head-dress  by  divinities  and 
  saints.  The  halo  is  a  purely  optical  illusion,  produced  by  moisture 
  in  the  air,  in  the  manner  of  a  rainbow;  but  the  aureola  is  conferred 
  as  a  sign  of  superior  sanctity,  in  the  same  way  as  a  bishop's  mitre, 
  or  the  Pope's  tiara.  In  the  painting  of  the  Nativity,  by  Szedgkin  a 
  pious  artist  of  Pesth,  not  only  do  the  Virgin  and  the  Child  wear  the 
  nimbus,  but  an  ass  nibbling  hay  from  the  sacred  manger  is  similarly 
  decorated  and  to  his  lasting  honor  be  it  said  appears  to  bear  his 
  unaccustomed  dignity  with  a  truly  saintly  grace. 
 
 




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