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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.

cloud

(klaʊd)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a mass of water or ice particles visible in the sky, usually white or grey, from which rain or snow falls when the particles coagulate. See also cirrus, cumulonimbus, cumulus, stratus
2. any collection of particles visible in the air, esp of smoke or dust
3. (Zoology) a large number of insects or other small animals in flight
4. something that darkens, threatens, or carries gloom
5. (Jewellery) jewellery a cloudlike blemish in a transparent stone
6. (modifier) of or relating to cloud computing: a cloud application.
7. in the clouds not in contact with reality
8. under a cloud
a. under reproach or suspicion
b. in a state of gloom or bad temper
9. on cloud nine informal elated; very happy
vb
10. (when: intr, often foll by over or up) to make or become cloudy, overcast, or indistinct
11. (tr) to make obscure; darken
12. (tr) to confuse or impair: emotion clouded his judgment.
13. to make or become gloomy or depressed
14. (tr) to place under or render liable to suspicion or disgrace
15. to render (liquids) milky or dull or (of liquids) to become milky or dull
16. to become or render mottled or variegated
[C13 (in the sense: a mass of vapour): from Old English clūd rock, hill; probably related to clod]
ˈcloudless adj
ˈcloudlessly adv
ˈcloudlessness n
ˈcloudˌlike adj

cloud

(klaʊd)

n.
1. a visible collection of particles of water or ice suspended in the air, usu. at an elevation above the earth's surface.
2. any similar mass, esp. of smoke or dust.
3. a dim or obscure area in something otherwise clear or transparent.
4. anything that causes gloom, trouble, suspicion, etc.
5. a great number of insects, birds, etc., flying together.
v.t.
6. to cover with or as if with a cloud or clouds.
7. to make gloomy.
8. to make obscure or indistinct; confuse: to cloud the issue with extraneous details.
9. to reveal distress, anxiety, etc., in (a part of one's face): Worry clouded his brow.
10. to place under suspicion, disgrace, etc.
v.i.
11. to grow cloudy.
12. to reveal one's distress, anxiety, etc.: Her brow clouded with anger.
Idioms:
1. have one's head in the clouds,
a. to be lost in reverie; be daydreaming.
b. to be impractical.
2. on a cloud, Informal. exceedingly happy; in high spirits.
3. under a cloud, in disgrace; under suspicion.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English clūd rock, hill; probably akin to clod]
cloud′less, adj.
cloud′less•ly, adv.
cloud′less•ness, n.
cloud′like`, adj.
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cloud

cloud

(kloud)
1. A visible mass of condensed water droplets or ice particles floating in the atmosphere. Clouds take various shapes depending on the conditions under which they form and their height in the atmosphere, ranging from ground or sea level to several miles above the Earth.
2. A distinguishable mass of particles or gas, such as the collection of gases and dust in a nebula.

Cloud

 a mass or volume of smoke, flying dust, etc.; a body of insects or birds; a mass of rock; a great crowd; a vast collection. See also drift, plague, swarm.
Examples: cloud of arrows, 1776; of disdain, 1591; of dust; of flies, 1855; of foxes, 1883; of gnats, 1590; of grasshoppers; of incense; of information, 1705; of insects; of locust, 1667; of rain; of rock; of sails, 1748; of seafowl, 1885; of smoke; of starlings, 1882; of witches; of witnesses, 1382.

Cloud(s)

 

See Also: CLOUD MOVEMENTS, SKY

  1. A cloud like a torn shirt —Katherine Mansfield
  2. Clouds are like Holy Writ, in which theologians cause the faithful or the crazy to see anything they please —Voltaire
  3. Clouds … as white as leghorn feathers —Saul Bellow
  4. The cloud showed motion within, like an old transport truck piled high with crate on crate of sleepy white chickens —Eudora Welty
  5. The clouds hung above the mountains like puffs of white smoke left in the wake of a giant old-fashioned choochoo train —Sue Grafton
  6. The clouds lie over the chiming sky … like the dustsheets over a piano —Dylan Thomas
  7. Clouds like a marble frieze across the sky —Helen Hudson
  8. Clouds like cruisers in the heaven —Edna O’Brien
  9. Clouds like dark bruises were massing and swelling [on the horizon] —George Garrett
  10. Clouds … like drowsy lambs around a tree —Romain Gary
  11. (The sky turned sooty with) clouds like enormous thumbprints —Helen Hudson
  12. Clouds like lights among great tombs —Wallace Stevens
  13. Clouds like tattered fur —Jean Thompson
  14. Clouds piling up like a bubble bath —Sue Grafton
  15. Clouds, plump and heavy as dumplings —Anthony E. Stockanes
  16. The clouds were asses’ ears —Dylan Thomas
  17. The clouds were huddled on the horizon like dirty sheep from the steppes —Joyce Renwick
  18. The clouds were like an alabaster palace —Johnny Mercer, from his 1954 lyrics for Midnight Sun
  19. The clouds were like old fiddles —Joyce Cary
  20. A few clouds were drawn against the light like streaks of lead pencils —John Cheever
  21. Fluffy white clouds, like flecks of lather, were floating across the sky —Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  22. Clouds … wild and black and rolling like locomotives —W. P. Kinsella
  23. Frail clouds like milkweed floss —John Dos Passos
  24. Gleaming, white fluffy clouds peeped over the hills … like kittens —Stella Benson
  25. High fat clouds like globs of whipped cream —William Faulkner
  26. Like a grave face, lit by some last, sad thought, a cloud, tinged by the fading glow of sunset —John Hall Wheelock
  27. Like blurred lenses, winter clouds cast a shade over the sun —Truman Capote
  28. (Above the falling sun,) like visible winds the clouds are streaked and spun —Roy Fuller
  29. Little white clouds … like a row of ballet-girls, dressed in white, waiting at the back of the stage, alert and merry, for the curtain to go up —W. Somerset Maugham
  30. Little white clouds like flags were whipped out in the scented wind —Paul Horgan
  31. Little white puffs of cloud … like a cat steeped in milk —W. P. Kinsella
  32. A long thin cloud crossed it [the moon] slowly, drawing itself out like a name being called —Eudora Welty
  33. Low clouds, drooping at the edges like felt, sailed over the woods —Boris Pasternak
  34. Low on the horizon hung a fugitive wisp of cloud, spiraled and upthrust like a genie emerging from a bottle —Robert Traver
  35. A massive cloud like dirty cotton —William Faulkner
  36. One cloud intruded [into the blue of the sky] puffy, precise, as if piped from a pastry bag —Margaret Sutherland
  37. Parcels of clouds lying against the mountainside like ghosts of dead mackerel —Paul Theroux
  38. A single puff of cloud so still, it seems as if it had been painted there —Delmore Schwartz
  39. Small thin clouds like puffs of frosty breath —Joyce Cary
  40. Some small clouds, like rosy petals, seemed to his eyes to be dancing, gently and carefully, against the blue —Hugh Walpole
  41. They [the clouds] peel the morning like a fruit —Lawrence Durrell
  42. When clouds appear like rocks and towers, the earth’s refreshed by frequent showers —English weather rhyme
  43. White and fluffy clouds … one looked like a fish and one looked like a movie star, all curvy, and another looked like Santa Claus gone wrong —Lee Smith

cloud


Past participle: clouded
Gerund: clouding

Imperative
cloud
cloud
Present
I cloud
you cloud
he/she/it clouds
we cloud
you cloud
they cloud
Preterite
I clouded
you clouded
he/she/it clouded
we clouded
you clouded
they clouded
Present Continuous
I am clouding
you are clouding
he/she/it is clouding
we are clouding
you are clouding
they are clouding
Present Perfect
I have clouded
you have clouded
he/she/it has clouded
we have clouded
you have clouded
they have clouded
Past Continuous
I was clouding
you were clouding
he/she/it was clouding
we were clouding
you were clouding
they were clouding
Past Perfect
I had clouded
you had clouded
he/she/it had clouded
we had clouded
you had clouded
they had clouded
Future
I will cloud
you will cloud
he/she/it will cloud
we will cloud
you will cloud
they will cloud
Future Perfect
I will have clouded
you will have clouded
he/she/it will have clouded
we will have clouded
you will have clouded
they will have clouded
Future Continuous
I will be clouding
you will be clouding
he/she/it will be clouding
we will be clouding
you will be clouding
they will be clouding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been clouding
you have been clouding
he/she/it has been clouding
we have been clouding
you have been clouding
they have been clouding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been clouding
you will have been clouding
he/she/it will have been clouding
we will have been clouding
you will have been clouding
they will have been clouding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been clouding
you had been clouding
he/she/it had been clouding
we had been clouding
you had been clouding
they had been clouding
Conditional
I would cloud
you would cloud
he/she/it would cloud
we would cloud
you would cloud
they would cloud
Past Conditional
I would have clouded
you would have clouded
he/she/it would have clouded
we would have clouded
you would have clouded
they would have clouded

cloud

A mass of tiny droplets formed when water vapor condenses as warm, moist air moves upwards where the temperature is lower. The bottom of the cloud is the dew point.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cloud - any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visiblecloud - any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible
coma - (astronomy) the luminous cloud of particles surrounding the frozen nucleus of a comet; forms as the comet approaches the sun and is warmed
nebula - an immense cloud of gas (mainly hydrogen) and dust in interstellar space
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
aerosol - a cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas
cosmic dust - clouds of particles or gases occurring throughout interstellar space
dust cloud - a cloud of dust suspended in the air
mushroom cloud, mushroom-shaped cloud, mushroom - a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb)
2.cloud - a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
cirrocumulus, cirrocumulus cloud - a cloud at a high altitude consisting of a series of regularly arranged small clouds resembling ripples
cirrostratus, cirrostratus cloud - a thin uniform layer of hazy cloud at high altitude
cirrus cloud, cirrus - a wispy white cloud (usually of fine ice crystals) at a high altitude (4 to 8 miles)
cloud bank - a layer of clouds seen from a distance
condensation trail, contrail - an artificial cloud created by an aircraft; caused either by condensation due to the reduction in air pressure above the wing surface or by water vapor in the engine exhaust
cumulonimbus, cumulonimbus cloud, thundercloud - a dark cloud of great vertical extent charged with electricity; associated with thunderstorms
cumulus, cumulus cloud - a globular cloud
mother-of-pearl cloud, nacreous cloud - a luminous iridescent cloud at a high altitude that may be seen when the sun is a few degrees below the horizon
nebule - a small cloud
nimbus, nimbus cloud, rain cloud - a dark grey cloud bearing rain
sky - the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth
storm cloud - a heavy dark cloud presaging rain or a storm
stratus, stratus cloud - a large dark low cloud
atmospheric phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
water vapor, water vapour - water in a vaporous form diffused in the atmosphere but below boiling temperature
3.cloud - out of touch with reality; "his head was in the clouds"
irreality, unreality - the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
4.cloud - a cause of worry or gloom or trouble; "the only cloud on the horizon was the possibility of dissent by the French"
gloominess, glumness, gloom - an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office"
5.cloud - suspicion affecting your reputation; "after that mistake he was under a cloud"
suspicion - the state of being suspected; "he tried to shield me from suspicion"
6.cloud - a group of many things in the air or on the ground; "a swarm of insects obscured the light"; "clouds of blossoms"; "it discharged a cloud of spores"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
infestation, plague - a swarm of insects that attack plants; "a plague of grasshoppers"
Verb1.cloud - make overcast or cloudy; "Fall weather often overcasts our beaches"
darken - make dark or darker; "darken a room"
fog up - get foggy; "The windshield fogged up"
haze - become hazy, dull, or cloudy
cloud over, cloud up, overcloud - become covered with clouds; "The sky clouded over"
2.cloud - make less visible or unclearcloud - make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"
conceal, hide - prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money"
overshadow - cast a shadow upon; "The tall tree overshadowed the house"
3.cloud - billow up in the form of a cloud; "The smoke clouded above the houses"
billow, wallow - rise up as if in waves; "smoke billowed up into the sky"
4.cloud - make gloomy or depressed; "Their faces were clouded with sadness"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
5.cloud - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
mar, deflower, impair, vitiate, spoil - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
6.cloud - make less clear; "the stroke clouded memories of her youth"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
7.cloud - colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
spot - mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition; "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
harlequin - variegate with spots or marks; "His face was harlequined with patches"
speckle, stipple - produce a mottled effect; "The sunlight stippled the trees"
8.cloud - make milky or dull; "The chemical clouded the liquid to which it was added"
dull - make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"

cloud

noun
1. mist, fog, haze, obscurity, vapour, nebula, murk, darkness, gloom The sun was almost entirely obscured by cloud.
2. billow, mass, shower, puff The hens darted away on all sides, raising a cloud of dust.
3. swarm, host, crowd, flock, horde, multitude, throng, dense mass He was surrounded by a cloud of buzzing flies.
verb
1. confuse, obscure, distort, impair, muddle, disorient Perhaps anger has clouded his vision.
2. darken, dim, be overshadowed, be overcast The sky clouded and a light rain began to fall.
Related words
fear nephophobia
Quotations
"I wander'd lonely as a cloud"
"That floats on high o'er vales and hills" [William Wordsworth I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud]

Types of cloud

altocumulus, altostratus, cirrocumulus, cirrostratus, cirrus, cumulonimbus, cumulus, false cirrus, fractocumulus, fractostratus, nimbostratus, nimbus, stratocumulus, stratus

cloud

noun
A very large number of things grouped together:
verb
2. To contaminate the reputation of:
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.
Translations
تَتَلَبَّد بالغُيوم، تَكْفَهِرسَحَابَةسِرب منغَيْمَةٌ مِن، كَدَر، كآبهغَيْمَه
oblakmrakzachmuřitzamlženézamračit
skysværmblive overskyetblive sløretformørke
nubo
ähmastamaparvpilvpilvinemaudu
pilvisamentuasumentaasumentuasumu
oblak
elhomályosulelkomorulfelhõfelhőfelleg
áhyggjur, òyngslimökkur, skÿòykkna í loftiskýskÿ
湯気
구름
debesisdebesuotasįtariamamliūtismiglotas
mākonissadrūmtaizmiglotapēnotapmākties
mračnooblakzaliať sazastrieť sa mrakmi
oblak
moln
เมฆ
bulutbulutlanmakhüzünlenmekkapla makkederlenmek
mây

cloud

[klaʊd]
A. Nnube f (also fig)
a cloud of dust/smoke/gas/insectsuna nube de polvo/humo/gases/insectos
to be under a cloud (= under suspicion) → estar bajo sospecha; (= resented) → estar desacreditado
to have one's head in the cloudsestar en las nubes
to be on cloud nineestar en el séptimo cielo
every cloud has a silver liningno hay mal que por bien no venga
B. VT
1. (= make cloudy) [+ vision] → nublar; [+ liquid] → enturbiar; [+ mirror] → empañar
2. (fig) (= confuse) → aturdir
to cloud the issuecomplicar el asunto
C. VI (also to cloud over) → nublarse (also fig)
cloud over VI + ADVnublarse

cloud

[ˈklaʊd]
n (in sky)nuage m
every cloud has a silver lining (proverb)à quelque chose malheur est bon
to have one's head in the clouds → avoir la tête dans les nuages
to be on cloud nine → être aux anges
to be under a cloud (= in disgrace) → être en disgrâce
vt
[+ liquid] → troubler
to cloud the issue → brouiller les cartes
cloud over
vi
[sky] → se couvrir
[face, eyes] → s'assombrir

cloud

n
Wolke f; low cloud(s) delayed takeofftief hängende Wolken verzögerten den Start; to have one’s head in the cloudsin höheren Regionen schweben; (momentarily) → geistesabwesend sein; to be up in the clouds (inf)überglücklich sein; to be on cloud nine (inf)im siebten Himmel sein or schweben (inf); every cloud has a silver lining (Prov) → kein Unglück ist so groß, es hat sein Glück im Schoß (Prov)
(of smoke, dust etc)Wolke f; (of insects)Schwarm m, → Haufen m; (of gas, smoke from fire)Schwaden m; cloud of dust/smokeStaub-/Rauchwolke f; a cloud of controversy/confusion surrounded the whole matterdie ganze Angelegenheit wurde von Kontroversen überschattet/nebulöses Durcheinander herrschte in der ganzen Angelegenheit; the cloud of suspicion hanging over him suddenly dispersedder Verdacht, der über ihm schwebte, verflog plötzlich; he’s been under a cloud for weeks (= under suspicion)seit Wochen haftet ein Verdacht an ihm; (= in disgrace)die Geschichte hängt ihm schon wochenlang nach; the clouds are gathering (lit, fig)es braut sich etwas zusammen
(in liquid, marble) → Wolke f
vt
(lit) sky, viewverhängen (geh); mirrortrüben; a clouded skyein bewölkter Himmel
(fig: = cast gloom on) prospect, sb’s enjoymenttrüben; face, expressionumwölken (geh); (= mar, spoil) friendship, sb’s futureüberschatten; (= make less clear) mind, judgement, awarenesstrüben; nature of problemverschleiern; to cloud the issue (= complicate)es unnötig kompliziert machen; (= hide deliberately)die Angelegenheit verschleiern

cloud

:
cloud bank
nWolkenwand f
cloudburst
nWolkenbruch m
cloud-capped
adj (liter) the cloud mountains/peaksdie wolkenverhangenen Berge/Gipfel
cloud chamber
nNebelkammer f
cloud-cuckoo-land
nWolkenkuckucksheim nt; you’re living in cloud if you think …du lebst auf dem Mond, wenn du glaubst (inf)

cloud

[klaʊd]
1. n (Met) → nuvola, nube f; (of dust, smoke, gas) → nube; (of insects) → nugolo
to be under a cloud → essere malvisto/a
he has his head in the clouds → ha la testa tra le nuvole
to be on cloud nine → essere al settimo cielo
every cloud has a silver lining (Proverb) → non tutto il male vien per nuocere
2. vt (liquid) → intorbidire; (mirror) → appannare (fig) (judgement) → confondere; (mind) → turbare
a clouded sky → un cielo nuvoloso
to cloud the issue → imbrogliare la questione
cloud over vi + adv (also) (fig) → rannuvolarsi, offuscarsi

cloud

(klaud)
1. a mass of tiny drops of water floating in the sky. white clouds in a blue sky; The hills were hidden in cloud.
2. a great number or quantity of anything small moving together. a cloud of flies.
3. something causing fear, depression etc. a cloud of sadness.
verb
1. (often with over) to become cloudy. The sky clouded over and it began to rain.
2. to (cause to) become blurred or not clear. Her eyes were clouded with tears.
3. to (cause to) become gloomy or troubled. His face clouded at the unhappy news.
ˈcloudless adjective
free from clouds. a cloudless sky.
ˈcloudy adjective
1. full of, having, or covered with clouds. It is a bit cloudy today.
2. not clear. a cloudy photograph/memory.
ˈcloudburst noun
a sudden heavy shower of rain.
under a cloud
in trouble or disgrace.

cloud

سَحَابَة oblak sky Wolke σύννεφο nube pilvi nuage oblak nuvola 구름 wolk sky chmura nuvem облако moln เมฆ bulut mây
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