cloud

noun, often attributive
\ ˈklau̇d How to pronounce cloud (audio) \

Definition of cloud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a visible mass of particles of condensed vapor (such as water or ice) suspended in the atmosphere of a planet (such as the earth) or moon
2 : something resembling or suggesting a cloud: such as
a : a light filmy, puffy, or billowy mass seeming to float in the air a cloud of blond hair a ship under a cloud of sail
b(1) : a usually visible mass of minute particles suspended in the air or a gas
(2) : an aggregation of usually obscuring matter especially in interstellar space
(3) : an aggregate of charged particles (such as electrons)
c : a great crowd or multitude : swarm clouds of mosquitoes
3 : something that has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect clouds of war a cloud of suspicion
4 : something that obscures or blemishes a cloud of ambiguity
5 : a dark or opaque vein or spot (as in marble or a precious stone)
6 : the computers and connections that support cloud computing storing files in the cloud

cloud

verb
clouded; clouding; clouds

Definition of cloud (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to grow cloudy usually used with over or up clouded over before the storm
2a of facial features : to become troubled, apprehensive, or distressed in appearance her face clouded with worry
b : to become blurry, dubious, or ominous often used with over the outlook is clouding over
3 : to billow up in the form of a cloud

transitive verb

1a : to envelop or hide with or as if with a cloud
b : to make opaque especially by condensation of moisture steam clouded the windows
c : to make murky especially with smoke or mist smoke clouded the sky
2 : to make unclear or confused cloud the issue
3 : taint, sully a clouded reputation
4 : to cast gloom over cloud prospects for success

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Noun

cloud 1: 1 cirrus, 2 cirrostratus, 3 cirrocumulus, 4 altostratus, 5 altocumulus, 6 stratocumulus, 7 nimbostratus, 8 cumulus, 9 cumulonimbus, 10 stratus

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Examples of cloud in a Sentence

Noun

The sun is shining and there's not a cloud in the sky. flying high above the clouds It stopped raining and the sun poked through the clouds. a cloud of cigarette smoke The team has been under a cloud since its members were caught cheating. There's a cloud of controversy hanging over the election.

Verb

greed clouding the minds of men These new ideas only cloud the issue further. The final years of her life were clouded by illness.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For my mother, a top shelf is a magical cloud of luxury, a delicious feel-good fantasy. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Glamour, "I'm an Immigrant. When I Spend Money on Makeup, I'm Paying to Feel Safe.," 17 Dec. 2018 There was a massive amount of smoke, a huge cloud of toxic fumes in the air. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018 The company is instead making billions of dollars selling cloud-computing and other technical services to offices around the world. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!," 27 Nov. 2018 As noted by Gizmodo, Salesforce, a cloud computing company whose regional headquarters is located in New York, and Microsoft both have direct cloud computing contracts with ICE. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Demonstrators Were Arrested While Protesting Amazon and Microsoft's Associations With ICE," 2 Aug. 2018 Its cloud-computing business is a major government contractor, with an estimated $1.5 billion in contracts last year, according to consulting firm GBH Insights. Paul Kane, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Key financial panels on Capitol Hill may have new leaders come November," 21 June 2018 Every spring, these huge clouds of dust from the Sahara blow all the way across the Atlantic to Trinidad. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018 The researchers posit that this impressive (and kind of nauseating) distance is because smaller pathogens can travel as part of a buoyant cloud that extends their reach. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 Planes were warned of the ash clouds because volcanic ash is hazardous for their engines. Fox News, "Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the current quarter, Intel sad that a slowdown in China, weaker sales to cloud customers, a weakening NAND flash market, and weaker modem demand contributed to the lower fourth-quarter sales. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 The disease, which would kill him nine years later, had already begun to cloud his judgment. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Privacy advocates have noted that personal data backed up to cloud services, such as Apple's iCloud, has become a popular target for investigators as devices themselves have become better protected. Craig Timberg And Tony Romm, chicagotribune.com, "Apple is making it harder for police to collect evidence from iPhones of suspected criminals," 14 June 2018 Often, this is how the hackers gain access to cloud storage. NBC News, "Is the cloud a safe place for all your private data?," 9 Apr. 2018 The chemicals in these products will cause the finish to cloud and craze over time. Scot Meacham Wood, House Beautiful, "Ask a Designer: How To Decorate With the Acrylic Trend," 12 Mar. 2015 My husband was on paternity leave for two months, and fear and doubt clouded both of our minds. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "My Reward for Having a Baby? A $1,000 Gucci Bag," 7 Jan. 2019 Private-equity and cloud-computing firms have been involved in a number of recent ad-tech acquisitions. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Ad-Tech Firm DataXu Hires Bank to Explore Possible Sale," 17 Oct. 2018 Like many commodities, copper can also be swayed by speculators aiming to profit from price swings, clouding the picture for those looking to the metal as a forecaster of economic health. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Growth Worries Threaten Copper’s Luster," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of cloud

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cloud

Noun

Middle English, rock, cloud, from Old English clūd; perhaps akin to Greek gloutos buttock

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cloud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cloud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a white or gray mass in the sky that is made of many very small drops of water
: a large amount of smoke, dust, etc., that hangs in the air
: a large group of things (such as insects) that move together through the air

cloud

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cloud (Entry 2 of 2)

: to confuse (a person's mind or judgment)
: to make (something, such as an issue or situation) difficult to understand
: to affect (something) in a bad way

cloud

noun
\ ˈklau̇d How to pronounce cloud (audio) \

Kids Definition of cloud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a visible mass of tiny bits of water or ice hanging in the air usually high above the earth
2 : a visible mass of small particles in the air a cloud of dust
3 : a large number of things that move together in a group a cloud of mosquitoes
4 : an overwhelming feeling The news cast a cloud of gloom.
5 : the computers and connections that support cloud computing

Other Words from cloud

cloudless \ -​ləs \ adjective

cloud

verb
clouded; clouding

Kids Definition of cloud (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or become cloudy The sky clouded up.
2 : to have a bad effect on Involvement in the crime clouded his future.
3 : to make confused Doubts clouded her judgment.

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