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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud
1. a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
2. something that covers, conceals, or protects: a shroud of darkness.
3. any of a number of fixed ropes or wires that converge from the head of a ship's mast and keep it from swaying.
4. Also called shroud′ line`. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.v.t.
5. to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
6. to cover; hide from view.
7. to veil in obscurity or mystery.
8. Archaic. to take shelter.
[before 1000; Old English scrūd, c. Old Norse skrūth apparel]