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aura

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aura a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing "an air of mystery","the house had a neglected air","an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters","the place had an aura of romance"
    • n aura an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
    • n aura a sensation (as of a cold breeze or bright light) that precedes the onset of certain disorders such as a migraine attack or epileptic seizure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aura Any subtile, invisible emanation, effluvium, or exhalation from a substance, as the aroma of flowers, the odor of the blood, a supposed fertilizing emanation from the pollen of flowers, etc.
    • Aura (Med) The peculiar sensation, as of a light vapor, or cold air, rising from the trunk or limbs towards the head, a premonitory symptom of epilepsy or hysterics.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aura A supposed influence, force, or imponderable matter proceeding from a body and surrounding it as an atmosphere; specifically, an imponderable substance supposed to emanate from all living things, to consist of the subtle essence of the individual, and to be a means of manifesting what is called animal magnetism, and also a medium for the operation of alleged mesmeric, clairvoyant, and somnambulic powers. Also called nerve-aura, or nervaura.
    • n aura Figuratively, atmosphere; air; character, etc.
    • n aura A peculiar sensation resembling that produced by a current of air. See epileptic aura, below.
    • n aura An old native name of any South American vulture excepting the condor; an urubu, tzopilotl, gallinazo, turkey-buzzard, or carrion-crow. It was early Latinized in the form regina aurarum, was adopted by Linnæus as the specific name of his Vultur aura, and is now used as the specific name of the turkey-buzzard, Cathartes aura. See cut under Cathartes.
    • n aura [capitalized] In Greek myth, a personification of the lighter winds or breezes, the divinities of the air. It was a subject frequently employed in Greek art. Pliny describes two marble statues of Auræ sailing by aid of their garments. The so-called Nereids of the famous Xanthian sepulchral monument in the British Museum are probably Auræ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aura awr′a a supposed subtle emanation proceeding from anything, esp. that essence which is claimed to emanate from all living things and to afford an atmosphere for the operations of animal magnetism and such-like occult phenomena: :
    • n Aura awr′a (fig.) air, distinctive character
    • n Aura awr′a (path.) a sensation as of a current of cold air—a premonitory symptom of epilepsy and hysteria
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Quotations

  • Pat Riley
    Pat%20Riley
    “You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.”
  • Veronica Lake
    Veronica Lake
    “Hollywood gives a young girl the aura of one giant, self-contained orgy farm, its inhabitants dedicated to crawling into every pair of pants they can find.”
  • Kenneth Baker
    Kenneth Baker
    “He has conferred on the practice of vacillation the aura of statesmanship.”
  • Georgie Anne Geyer
    Georgie Anne Geyer
    “It was when reporters became journalists and when objectivity gave way to searching for truth, that an aura of distrust and fear arose around the New Journalist.”
  • Tiger Woods
    Tiger Woods
    “I don't know if I even have an aura, man. I just try to win.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aura, air, akin to Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aura.

Usage

In literature:

Its aura made my senses reel.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Japan is a land of aura.
"Sympathetic Magic" by Paul Cameron Brown
With our own substance, we build our minarets of light, piercing the aura of infinity.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
A faint aura of light.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
A queer glow like an aura was around him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
It was a matter of a minute or so before he knew that the head was outlined against an aura of red light.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
Like an aura it enveloped me, acted upon my garments.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Faint, yet unmistakable, the shimmering radiance pulsed from the necklace in an aura of nameless evil.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
Even the cool night air itself seemed charged with a subtle aura of brooding evil.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Shimmering auras surrounded them.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
The aura of invincibility must be maintained.
"The Dueling Machine" by Benjamin William Bova
There was simply a raging aura of trouble.
"Expediter" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
All psychics who come within the radius of his powerful, spiritual aura, sense or see this strong symmetrical body.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
He felt already its reviving presence, the mysterious aura of its womanhood.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
There is an aura of the scent of flowers and fruits.
"The Double Spy" by Dan T. Moore
Her personality, even in silence, wove an aura of subtle magic about her.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
She advised people also what colours they ought to wear to "suit their aura," and what jewels were lucky or unlucky.
"The Brightener" by C. N. Williamson
The globes floated down to the level of the Mink's face, and his skin prickled at the nearness of the energy aura.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
De Algarbe las dulces auras Tu pompa halagan y besan.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
That is an aura that lies near the ground.
"London Impressions" by Alice Meynell
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In poetry:

Sacred mystery enshrouds
ancient runes and signs.
A holy aura trembles round
these miracles from outside time.
"The Gold Horns" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
O light beheld as through refracting tears.
Here is the aura of that world
each of us has lost.
Here is the shadow of its joy.
"Monet's Waterlilies" by Robert Hayden
Cendal flotante de leve bruma,
Rizada cinta de blanca espuma,
Rumor sonoro
De arpa de oro,
Beso del aura, onda de luz,
Eso eres tu.
"Rimas XV" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
Tranquil lay her darkened eyes As the pools that keep
Auras dim of fern and frond Dappled, deep,
Dreamy as the map of Nod;
Moveless was she as a wand
In the wind of sleep.
"Avis" by Duncan Campbell Scott
The brook ran yellow from the factory stinking of chlorine,
The yarn-milled called its funeral cry at noon;
Our lights looked over the Lough to the lights of Bangor
Under the peacock aura of a drowning moon.
"Carrickfergus" by Louis MacNeice
Dixit, et in piceas Fluvius sese abdidit undas;
Sed me ridiculam solventem a littore cymbam
Nectaris ambrosii circumvolvuntur odores,
Decedente Deo; naresque impellit acutas
Confusi canis amnis et illaetabilis aura.
"In Camum" by E W Bowling

In news:

MINNEAPOLIS — Aura can make a little man big.
Avaya Aura Applications now VMware Ready(TM).
Avaya Aura Virtualized Environment provides an accelerated path to unified communications.
Avaya Aura Session Manager provides a SIP based core communications architecture for on-demand access to collaboration services and applications.
The application is now compliance-tested by Avaya for compatibility with Avaya Aura Communication Manager 6.2.
The application is now compliance -tested by Avaya for compatibility with Avaya Aura Communication Manager 6.2.
AURA artwork by Lynette Cook, Illustrations by Gemini Observatory.
50 years after her death, her aura persists.
This bar on Northgate has an aura that screams Vegas and the bottle service to prove it.
After 108 years in the same location, East End Drug still maintains a '50s aura.
Recreating the aura, the magic, the legend of one of the greatest bands in the classic rock era.
There is a certain aura about an empty football stadium after dark.
2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid vs 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line vs 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Photo Gallery.
Police Killing in Kenya Deepens Aura of Menace.
The restaurant is wrapped in a seductive harmony of Asian design elements, combining an exotic Eastern aura with a genuine sense of Hollywood energy and style.
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In science:

Visiting Astronomer, Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
The End of the Lines for OX 169: No Binary Broad-Line Region
Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute which is operated by the Association of University for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), under NASA contract NAS5-26555.
A comparison between Pa alpha and H alpha emission: The relation between HII region mean reddening, local gas density and metallicity
This research is also supported at Harvard by grant AST 98-19825 from the National Science Foundation and by grant GO:08648 provided by NASA through the Space Telescope Science Institute which is operated by AURA under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.
Testing Cosmic Acceleration with Type Ia Supernovae
This work utilises data obtained by the Global Oscillation Network Group pro ject, managed by the National Solar Observatory, which is operated by AURA, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Solar cycle variation in GONG and MDI data: 1995-2002
Visiting astronomer, Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, operated by AURA, Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
The Cluster of Galaxies Surrounding Cygnus A II: New Velocities and a Dynamical Model
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., (AURA), under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
An Atlas of Spectrophotometric Landolt Standard Stars
The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. 10 IRAF is distributed by the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Spitzer view on the evolution of star-forming galaxies from z=0 to z~3
Over the next several years, AURA will (hopefully) take advantage of the timely opportunity presented by the IceCube drilling to extend the RICE strategy.
Radiowave Neutrino Detection
The AURA array will serve as a prototype for a future radio+acoustic hybrid array, over a surface area of 100-km2 at the South Pole, centered around IceCube.
Radiowave Neutrino Detection
The AURA strategy is to re-package the IceCube digital optical modules with radio electronics, with four breakouts to a cluster of antennas.
Radiowave Neutrino Detection
This system has already demonstrated 1.3 GHz bandwidth at 2 GSa/sec, and will form the basis of the future RICE successor array (AURA), as well.
Radiowave Neutrino Detection
Visiting Astronomer, Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Discovery of two new accreting pulsating white dwarf stars
Garlan, “Aura: An Architectural Framework for User Mobility in Ubiquitous Computing Environments”, in Proceeding of the Third IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture, Vol. 224, Montreal, 2002, pp. 29-43.
Balancing transparency, efficiency and security in pervasive systems
Project Aura’s website: cs.cmu.edu/Thura; J. Sousa, D. Garlan, “Aura: An Architectural Framework for User Mobility in Ubiquitous Computing Environments”, in Proceeding of the Third IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture, Vol. 224, Montreal, 2002, pp. 29-43.
Balancing transparency, efficiency and security in pervasive systems
Sketch of an AURA antenna cluster with 4 antennas and the Digital Radio Module (DRM) containing the electronics .
Radio Detection of Particles from the Cosmos
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