A halo surrounding the sun.
- An example of a halo is a ring of light around the moon.
- An example of a halo is the feeling that all children in a family are special because the parents are special; the halo effect.
nounpl. -·los or -·loes
- a ring of light that seems to encircle the sun, moon, or other luminous body: it results from the refraction of light through ice crystals in our atmosphere
- a spherical distribution of stars and star clusters extending beyond the main body of certain galaxies, as the Milky Way
- a symbolic disk or ring of light shown around or above the head of a saint, etc., as in pictures; nimbus
- the splendor or glory with which a famed, revered, or idealized person or thing is invested
Origin of haloClassical Latin halos (gen. and accusative halo) from Classical Greek hal?s, circular threshing floor, round disk of the sun or moon, hence halo around the sun or moon from halein, to grind from Indo-European base an unverified form al-, to grind from source Armenian a?am, grind, Hindi ???, meal
transitive verb-·loed, -·lo·ing
- of the sea: halobiont
- having to do with a salt: halophyte
- having to do with a halogen: haloid
Origin of halo-from Classical Greek hals (gen. halos), salt, hence sea
nounpl. ha·los, or ha·loes
- a. A luminous ring or disk of light surrounding the heads or bodies of sacred figures, such as saints, in religious paintings; a nimbus.b. A ring or disk resembling the halo of a sacred figure: “She had a halo of red hair floating over a delicate ivory face” ( Judith Ortiz Cofer )c. A feeling of glory, reverence, or admiration associated with a person or thing: “By the 1930s, insulin's halo had begun to tarnish, for it became clear that patients who had the illness … were prone to problems of the small blood vessel” ( James S. Hirsch )
- a. A circular band of colored light around a light source, as around the sun or moon, caused by the refraction and reflection of light by ice particles suspended in the intervening atmosphere.b. A roughly spherical region of relatively dust-free space surrounding a galaxy and extending beyond the visible parts of the galaxy. Galactic halos contain stars (often located in globular clusters), gas, and dark matter.
transitive verbha·loed, ha·lo·ing, ha·loes
Origin of haloMedieval Latin halō from accusative of Latin halōs from Greek threshing floor, disk of or around the sun or moon
- Salt: halophyte.
- Halogen: halocarbon.
Origin of halo-French from Greek from hals hal- salt, sea ; see sal- in Indo-European roots.
- (aviation, parachuting) High Altitude, Low Opening. — a type of skydiving, where you leave the launch platform from a high altitude, and open the parachute at a very low altitude.
- When you have enough experience, you can do a HALO jump.
- Hazardous Area Life-Support Organisation
HALO also means High Altitude, Low Orbiting. As used in reference to certain aviation crafts. For example, weather balloons, when at maximum altitude are considered HALO's.