\ 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 often used before another nouncloud storage/backupcloud software


clouded; clouding; clouds

Definition of cloud (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to grow cloudy usually used with over or upclouded 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 overthe 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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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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cloudlike \ ˈklau̇d-​ˌlīk How to pronounce cloudlike (audio) \ or cloud-like adjective
cloudlike swirls cloudlike chocolate mousse

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 The product, unveiled Tuesday as part of a virtual version of the company’s annual Build conference for software developers, is Microsoft’s first industry-specific cloud-computing offering. Dina Bass,, "Microsoft Unveils Cloud Tools Tailored for Health Care Systems," 24 May 2020 The larger ones are steeply mountainous, volcanic, rising to almost 6,000 feet, their summits haloed in clouds. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Remote Solomon Islands Are a Diver's Paradise in the South Pacific," 22 May 2020 One such story is Allumette, the tale of a young orphan girl who lives in a city in the clouds. David Nield, Popular Science, "Eleven ways you can use VR to escape your home," 21 May 2020 Four years ago, Aaron Levie moved Box Inc., the fast-growing cloud-computing company he co-founded, into a new, red-brick building with its logo on the facade. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Next Big Office Idea: Work From Anywhere," 17 May 2020 Experts noted that electric charge modifies how water droplets in clouds collide and combine. Fox News, "Cold War nuclear tests changed rainfall thousands of miles away, scientists reveal," 15 May 2020 Amazon's North America sales rose 29%, while AWS — the company's huge cloud-computing segment — increased 33%, the company said in an earnings release Thursday. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Amazon makes $10,000 per second as shoppers shelter in place," 1 May 2020 Crexendo, which provides cloud-computing services, obtained a $1 million PPP loan through Infinity Bank. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "3 Arizona public companies got loans aimed to help small businesses weather coronavirus disruptions," 28 Apr. 2020 Yet people are using Google's services more than ever, and the virus is accelerating a digital shift causing more companies to consider cloud-computing products. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Google earnings signal a tale of two tech industries," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fake news law may cloud relationships with tech companies. Yoolim Lee,, "Singapore Defends Fake News Law as Weapon to Fight Coronavirus," 10 May 2020 But interviews with state and federal officials, as well as emails obtained by The New York Times, underscore how the challenges of a pandemic may have clouded a decision that placed millions of taxpayer dollars at risk. New York Times, "He Had Never Sold a Ventilator. N.Y. Gave Him an $86 Million Deal.," 8 May 2020 That problem could also cloud Trump's prospects in Florida. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'A no-win situation': Swing state governors on political tightrope amid coronavirus, Trump pressure," 23 Apr. 2020 Marine clouds move in later Tuesday evening as a cold front approaches from the coast. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Calm, dry start, rain moves in midweek," 20 Apr. 2020 Outside the night is chilly and clouds drift across the moon. Erin Granat, Billboard, "We Toured Southeast Asia With the Ed Banger Crew," 18 Dec. 2019 In a morning loop around Florida Bay, Davis points out acres of dead turtle grass, clouded waters, and vast clear flats where new sea-grass beds are taking hold. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Conservation Fight for Florida Water is Finally Seeing Progress," 6 Dec. 2019 But uncertainty still clouds the timeline for completion of the Colorado Convention Center’s rooftop expansion. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver’s scandal-plagued convention project is closer to inking contract — but big questions unresolved," 1 Dec. 2019 While worry clouded the mood, a series of sweeping curves in the road brought out a desire to press the CLA35 hard. Annie White, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Finds Itself Caught in the Middle," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cloud


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cloud


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

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The first known use of cloud was in the 14th century

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cloud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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



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


\ 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


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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