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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Clothed in a mantle of dazzling gold or draped in rags of black clouds like a beggar, the might of the Westerly Wind sits enthroned upon the western horizon with the whole North Atlantic as a footstool for his feet and the first twinkling stars making a diadem for his brow.
And what have I hated more than passing clouds, and whatever tainteth thee?
Then she dropped swiftly to the dark and wind-swept zone between the hurtling clouds and the gloomy surface of the shadowed ground.
The mountain before them was shaped like a cone and was so tall that its point was lost in the clouds.
Day was breaking, the rain had ceased, and the clouds were dispersing.
The weather, hitherto so fine, suddenly changed; the sky became heavy with clouds.
Clouds upon clouds of dust enveloping The lofty gates of the proud capital.
We must have covered a great many thousand square miles of territory, and yet we had seen nothing in the way of a familiar landmark, when from the heights of a mountain-range we were crossing I descried far in the distance great masses of billowing clouds.
I will teach you to fly then," said the Eagle; and taking her up in his talons he carried her almost to the clouds suddenly he let her go, and she fell on a lofty mountain, dashing her shell to pieces.
Every night it flew round the Glass Mountain keeping a careful look-out, and no sooner had the moon emerged from the clouds than the bird rose up from the apple-tree, and circling round in the air, caught sight of the sleeping youth.
While the three friends went on chatting of this and other things, and Joe examined the luminary of night from an entirely novel point of view, the heavens became covered with heavy clouds to the northward, and the lowering masses assumed a most sinister and threatening look.
Then he got up, paddled about, rearranged the ballast bags on the floor, watched the clouds for a time, and turned over the maps on the locker.