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halo

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noun ha·lo \ˈhā-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of halo

plural

halos

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haloes

  1. 1 :  a circle of light appearing to surround the sun or moon and resulting from refraction or reflection of light by ice particles in the atmosphere

  2. 2 :  something resembling a halo: such asa :  nimbusb :  a region of space surrounding a galaxy that is sparsely populated with luminous objects (such as globular clusters) but is believed to contain a great deal of dark matterc :  a differentiated zone surrounding a central zone or objectd or halo brace :  an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest

  3. 3 :  the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing

Examples of halo in a Sentence

  1. the halo of unimpeachable honesty in which the politician had long basked

  2. a naturalistic depiction of Saint Peter that shows him as a humble fisherman and without the traditional halo

Origin and Etymology of halo

Latin halos, from Greek halōs threshing floor, disk, halo


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halo

verb ha·lo

Definition of halo

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to form into or surround with a halo rainbows haloed the waterfalls — Michael Crawford

First Known Use of halo

1801


halo-

ha·lo

Definition of halo-

  1. — see hal-


HALO Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of halo for English Language Learners

  • : a circle of light that is shown in a religious painting, drawing, etc., around the head of a holy figure (such as an angel, saint, or god)

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


HALO Defined for Kids

halo

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noun ha·lo \ˈhā-lō\

Definition of halo for Students

plural

halos

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haloes

  1. 1 :  a bright circle around the head of a person (as in a painting) that signifies holiness

  2. 2 :  a circle of light around the sun or moon caused by tiny ice crystals in the air


Medical Dictionary

halo

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noun ha·lo \ˈhā-(ˌ)lō\

Medical Definition of halo

plural

halos

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haloes

  1. 1:  a circle of light appearing to surround a luminous body; especially :  one seen as the result of the presence of glaucoma

  2. 2:  a differentiated zone surrounding a central object the halo around a boil

  3. 3:  the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing

  4. 4:  an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest—called also halo brace



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