Clouds


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cloud

 (kloud)
n.
1.
a. A visible body of very fine water droplets or ice particles suspended in the atmosphere at altitudes ranging up to several miles above sea level.
b. A mass of particles or droplets, as of dust, smoke, or steam, suspended in the atmosphere or existing in outer space.
2.
a. A large moving body of things in the air or on the ground; a swarm: a cloud of locusts.
b. A collection of particles or other small entities: an electron cloud; a cloud of spores.
c. An opaque mass of particles suspended in water: a cloud of silt in the pond.
3. A dark region or blemish, as on a polished stone.
4. A state or cause of sadness, worry, or anger: At the bad news a cloud fell over the celebration.
5. A state or cause of confusion or misunderstanding: writing made difficult by a cloud of jargon.
6. A state or cause of suspicion or disgrace: A cloud of mistrust lingers among the signers of the treaty.
7.
a. A large area of coordinated wireless internet service.
b. The collection of data and services available through the internet: stored company data in the cloud.
v. cloud·ed, cloud·ing, clouds
v.tr.
1.
a. To cover or obscure with clouds: We could not see the moon because the sky was clouded over.
b. To make less clear or transparent: Smoke clouded the sky. Steam clouded the windows.
2.
a. To make sorrowful, troubled, or angry: a bad memory that clouded his spirits.
b. To cause to appear sorrowful, troubled, or angry: Worry clouded her face.
3.
a. To make difficult to know or understand; make obscure or uncertain: The economic downturn clouded the future of the project.
b. To confuse: Don't let your resentments cloud your judgment.
4. To cast aspersions on; sully: Scandal clouded the officer's reputation.
v.intr.
1.
a. To become cloudy or overcast: The sky clouded over.
b. To become dark, obscure, or less transparent: The water in the tank clouded up.
2. To show sorrow, worry, or anger: His face clouded at the news.
Idioms:
in the clouds
Impractical.
under a cloud
Under suspicion or in a state of disgrace.

[Middle English, hill, cloud, from Old English clūd, rock, hill.]

cloud′less adj.

Clouds


an instrument for measuring by triangulation and recording the distance between the earth and the cloud ceiling.
divination by the observation of clouds.
an apparatus for expanding moist air to demonstrate the process of cloud formation.
a photograph of clouds, taken with a nephograph.
an instrument for photographing clouds and producing nephrograms.
the branch of meteorology that studies clouds. — nephologic, nephological, adj. — nephologist, n.
an abnormal fear of clouds.
the condition of being visible during the short summer nights, especially high-altitude clouds. — noctilucent adj.
1. the formation or arrangement of clouds.
2. the obscuration caused by clouds.
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Gold and purple clouds lay on the hilltops, and rising high into the ruddy light were silvery white peaks that shone like the airy spires of some Celestial City.
It was early dusk of a fall evening and the sky was overcast with clouds.
It was a soft grey day outside, with heavy clouds working across the sky, and occasional squalls of snow.
The day was clear and carried the gaze out as far as the blue sky went; there were a few white clouds suspended idly over the horizon.
He draws his metaphors from the clouds, the seasons, the birds, the beasts, and the vegetable world.
At a vast distance I beheld the mountains lift their venerable brows, and penetrate the clouds.
At first in gathered mists on the higher peaks that were lifted in the morning sun only to show a fresher field of dazzling white below; in white clouds that at first seemed to be mere drifts blown across from those fresh snowfields, and obscuring the clear blue above; in far-off murmurs in the hollow hills and gulches; in nearer tinkling melody and baby prattling in the leaves.
A few clouds, floating high upward, caught some of the earliest light, and threw down its golden gleam on the windows of all the houses in the street, not forgetting the House of the Seven Gables, which--many such sunrises as it had witnessed--looked cheerfully at the present one.
A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, Forever flushing round a summer sky.
Taking up his tomahawk from the table, he examined the head of it for an instant, and then holding it to the light, with his mouth at the handle, he puffed out great clouds of tobacco smoke.
Immediately after quitting it, we were enveloped in clouds of snow.
I came into the valley, as the evening sun was shining on the remote heights of snow, that closed it in, like eternal clouds.