Meaning of CLOUD in English

CLOUD

I.

noun

1 mass of very small drops of water in the sky

ADJECTIVE

▪ dense , heavy , thick

▪ light

▪ fluffy , puffy ( esp. AmE ), wispy ( esp. AmE )

▪ cirrus , cumulonimbus , cumulus , etc.

▪ high , low

▪ broken , scattered

skies of broken ~

▪ fast-moving , scudding ( literary )

▪ black , dark , grey/gray , white

▪ rain , storm , thunder

Rain ~s were looming on the horizon.

▪ ominous , threatening

… OF CLOUD

▪ band , bank , blanket , layer , mass , wisp

a layer of high ~

VERB + CLOUD

▪ seed (= to place a substance in a cloud to make it produce rain)

CLOUD + VERB

▪ form , gather , mass

Dark ~s were gathering in the west.

▪ cover sth , envelop sth , obscure sth

▪ break , clear , disperse , lift , part

The ~s broke a little, and the sun came out.

▪ drift , float , hang , hover , loom , move , pass , race , roll , scud ( literary ), swirl

Thick ~ hung over the moor.

A ~ passed over the sun.

White ~s scudded across the sky.

CLOUD + NOUN

▪ bank , cover , layer

The ~ cover is quite dense today.

▪ formation

PREPOSITION

▪ above the ~s , below the ~s

We were flying above the ~s.

▪ through the ~s

She could see the sun through the ~s.

PHRASES

▪ a break in the ~ , a break in the ~s

2 mass of smoke, dust, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ great , huge

a great ~ of black smoke

▪ dense , thick

▪ billowing , swirling

▪ mushroom

the mushroom ~ from a nuclear bomb

▪ dust , gas , radioactive , smoke

VERB + CLOUD

▪ create , form

The wind blew across the beach, forming ~s of sand.

▪ belch , release

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

a thick ~ of steam

II.

verb

Cloud is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ eye , ↑ face , ↑ tear

Cloud is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ judgement , ↑ mind , ↑ vision

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .