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  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. 




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