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1. A cloth used to wrap a body for burial; a winding sheet.
2. Something that conceals, protects, or screens: under a shroud of fog.
a. Nautical One of a set of ropes or wire cables stretched from the masthead to the sides of a vessel to support the mast.
b. A similar supporting line for a smokestack or comparable structure.
c. One of the ropes connecting the harness and canopy of a parachute.
v. shroud·ed, shroud·ing, shrouds
1. To wrap (a corpse) in burial clothing.
a. To envelop and obscure or shut off from sight: Fog shrouded the city. See Synonyms at block.
b. To envelop or be associated with and make difficult to understand: "Diabetes continued as a kind of underground disease, shrouded in myth and bereft of advocates" (James S. Hirsch).
3. Archaic To shelter; protect.
v.intr. Archaic
To take cover; find shelter.

[Middle English schrud, garment, from Old English scrūd.]
References in classic literature ?
He would not know that hidden behind the apple-blossoms, or among the golden corn, or under the shrouding boughs of the wood, there might be a human heart beating heavily with anguish--perhaps a young blooming girl, not knowing where to turn for refuge from swift-advancing shame, understanding no more of this life of ours than a foolish lost lamb wandering farther and farther in the nightfall on the lonely heath, yet tasting the bitterest of life's bitterness.
Smoke rises from a building site in Riyadh, shrouding nearby Al-Faisaliah tower RIYADH: The sky above Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, filled with thick black smoke Tuesday, rising from a building site on one its most populated and famous roads, Al-Olaya Street while shrouding one of the city's more prominent skyscrapers.
The idea behind shrouding (the process of enclosing the metal stream as it is poured) is to prevent oxygen from reacting with liquid metal in the pouring stream.