coronal

noun
cor·o·nal | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nᵊl , ˈkär- \
variants: or less commonly coronel

Definition of coronal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a circlet for the head usually implying rank or dignity

coronal

adjective
co·ro·nal | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nᵊl , ˈkär- ; kə-ˈrō- \

Definition of coronal (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : lying in the direction of the coronal suture

b : of or relating to the frontal plane that passes through the long axis of the body

2 : of or relating to a corona or crown

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Synonyms for coronal

Synonyms: Noun

chaplet, coronet, crown, diadem

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Examples of coronal in a Sentence

Noun

a Renaissance portrait of a nobel woman of Florence wearing a bejeweled coronal

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dramatic coronal headpiece was meant to evoke the Virgin Mary. New York Times, "In the Name of Cardi, Let Us Pray," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Earth is in the line of fire of a series of coronal holes. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "Too Much Sun Could Wreak Havoc on Driverless Cars," 16 Mar. 2018 That’s because the chance of both a solar eclipse and a coronal ejection occurring in tandem are slight. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "This New Mexico Petroglyph Might Reveal an Ancient Solar Eclipse," 17 Aug. 2017 The strongest fields cause coronal discharges — brief bursts of visible light. Mike Mckinnon, Washington Post, "What caused the mysterious lights in the night sky after Mexico’s earthquake?," 15 Sep. 2017 To McKay and hundreds of volunteer citizen scientists across the country, spotting a coronal mass ejection Monday would be like hitting the jackpot. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Scientists flock to eclipse path to conduct research, or just bask in magnificence," 18 Aug. 2017 However, this alone didn't prove that the drawing on the petroglyph actually showed a coronal mass ejection. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "This New Mexico Petroglyph Might Reveal an Ancient Solar Eclipse," 17 Aug. 2017 Unlike solar flares or coronal mass ejections, an eclipse is an easily predictable event that produces a relatively small disturbance. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "Scientists to Take Flight for Longer Views of the Eclipse," 14 Aug. 2017 Its announcers plan to have a solar physicist nearby to explain the plasma activity the crowd may potentially see, like sunspots, solar prominences and coronal mass ejections. Nicholas St. Fleur, The Seattle Times, "College town in Illinois gets ready for its moment under no sun," 14 July 2017 Its announcers plan to have a solar physicist nearby to explain the plasma activity the crowd may potentially see, like sunspots, solar prominences and coronal mass ejections. Nicholas St. Fleur, The Seattle Times, "College town in Illinois gets ready for its moment under no sun," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of coronal

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coronal

Noun

Middle English coronal, borrowed from Anglo-French coronel, corinal, probably borrowed from Medieval Latin corōnāle, noun derivative from neuter of Latin corōnālis "of a wreath or garland" — more at coronal entry 2

Adjective

Middle English coronale, borrowed from Medieval Latin corōnālis "of the forehead or crown of the head," going back to Latin, "of a wreath or garland," from corōna "garland worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty, halo around a celestial body" + -ālis -al entry 1 — more at crown entry 1

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coronal

adjective
co·ro·nal | \ ˈkȯr-ən-ᵊl , ˈkär-; kə-ˈrōn- \

Medical Definition of coronal 

1 : of, relating to, or being a corona

2 : lying in the direction of the coronal suture

3 : of or relating to the frontal plane that passes through the long axis of the body

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