Meaning of CLOUD in English


I. ˈklau̇d noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, rock, cloud, from Old English clūd; perhaps akin to Greek gloutos buttock

Date: 14th century

1. : a visible mass of particles of condensed vapor (as water or ice) suspended in the atmosphere of a planet (as the earth) or moon

2. : something resembling or suggesting a cloud: as

a. : a light filmy, puffy, or billowy mass seeming to float in the air

a cloud of blond hair

a ship under a cloud of sail


(1) : a usually visible mass of minute particles suspended in the air or a gas

(2) : an aggregation of usually obscuring matter especially in interstellar space

(3) : an aggregate of charged particles (as electrons)

c. : a great crowd or multitude : swarm

cloud s of mosquitoes

3. : something that has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect

cloud s of war

a cloud of suspicion

4. : something that obscures or blemishes

a cloud of ambiguity

5. : a dark or opaque vein or spot (as in marble or a precious stone)


cloud 1: 1 cirrus, 2 cirrostratus, 3 cirrocumulus, 4 altostratus, 5 altocumulus, 6 stratocumulus, 7 nimbostratus, 8 cumulus, 9 cumulonimbus, 10 stratus


II. verb

Date: 1562

intransitive verb

1. : to grow cloudy — usually used with over or up

cloud ed over before the storm


a. of facial features : to become troubled, apprehensive, or distressed in appearance

her face cloud ed with worry

b. : to become blurry, dubious, or ominous — often used with over

the outlook is cloud ing over

3. : to billow up in the form of a cloud

transitive verb


a. : to envelop or hide with or as if with a cloud

smog cloud ed our view

b. : to make opaque especially by condensation of moisture

steam cloud ed the windows

c. : to make murky especially with smoke or mist

smoke cloud ed the sky

2. : to make unclear or confused

cloud the issue

3. : taint , sully

a cloud ed reputation

4. : to cast gloom over

cloud prospects for success

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.