corona

noun
co·​ro·​na | \ kə-ˈrō-nə How to pronounce corona (audio) \
plural coronas

Definition of corona

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the projecting part of a classic cornice
2 : something suggesting a crown: such as

a plural coronae\ kə-​ˈrō-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce coronae (audio) \ also coronas

(1) : a usually colored circle often seen around and close to a luminous body (such as the sun or moon) caused by diffraction produced by suspended droplets or occasionally particles of dust
(2) : the tenuous outermost part of the atmosphere of a star (such as the sun)
(3) : a circle of light made by the apparent convergence of the streamers of the aurora borealis
b : the upper portion of a bodily part (such as a tooth or the skull)
c : an appendage or series of united appendages on the inner side of the corolla in some flowers (such as the daffodil, jonquil, or milkweed)
d : a faint glow adjacent to the surface of an electrical conductor at high voltage
3 [ from La Corona, a trademark ] : a long cigar having the sides straight to the end to be lit and being roundly blunt at the other end

Corona

geographical name
Co·​ro·​na | \ kə-ˈrō-nə How to pronounce Corona (audio) \

Definition of Corona (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southern California east of Los Angeles population 152,374

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a corona 2c

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Reconnection is central to many turbulent processes, such as feedback between large and small eddies in Earth’s atmosphere, the heating of the solar corona and the generation of Earth’s magnetic field. Quanta Magazine, "Could Knots Unravel Mysteries of Fluid Flow?," 9 Dec. 2013 Every part of the museum’s design had cultural meaning, even the 17.5-degree angle of the edges of the three levels of the corona — exactly the same angle at the top of the Washington Monument, only inverted. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Phil Freelon, architect who helped design Smithsonian’s African American Museum, dies at 66," 9 July 2019 The sun’s corona, for example, is hotter than the solar surface despite being farther from the center of the sun, a mystery that scientists are still trying to explain. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Photos Capture the Great South American Eclipse," 2 July 2019 During an eclipse, only the sun’s corona is visible to the naked eye. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Total solar eclipse 2019: How to see today’s South American eclipse; times; NASA livestream," 2 July 2019 Special for Science This weekend's celestial alignment is a special chance for professional astronomers to study the corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun, which is usually hidden by the glare of the sun. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "How to watch South America’s total eclipse from anywhere," 2 July 2019 For one thing, the corona is about 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun, which doesn’t make much sense to researchers. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch a spacecraft get blasted to the Sun tomorrow morning," 10 Aug. 2018 The second prevailing theory of coronal heating involves waves of energy, known as Alfvén waves, traveling back and forth between the sun's surface and corona. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The New Science of the Sun Will Be Astounding—And Possibly Terrifying," 9 Aug. 2018 Parker will be the first spacecraft to fly through the Sun’s corona, the outermost part of the star’s atmosphere. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA's Parker Solar Probe gets closer to 'touching the Sun'," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of corona

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corona

Noun

borrowed from Latin corōna "garland worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty, halo around a celestial body, top part of an entablature" — more at crown entry 1

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corona

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English Language Learners Definition of corona

technical : a bright circle seen around the sun or the moon

corona

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co·​ro·​na | \ kə-ˈrō-nə How to pronounce corona (audio) \

Medical Definition of corona

: the upper portion of a bodily part (as a tooth or the skull)

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