cloud

1 of 2

noun

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 noun
cloud storage/backup
cloud software
cloudlike adjective
or cloud-like
cloudlike swirls
cloudlike chocolate mousse

Illustration of cloud

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

cloud

2 of 2

verb

clouded; clouding; clouds

intransitive verb

1
: to grow cloudy
usually used with over or up
clouded over before the storm
2
a
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

1
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Momentary pictures emerge from the crackling cloud and then sink back — a girl walking, a simple clapboard building, a hand holding a teacup, a car careening over a steep embankment and more. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024 Cybersecurity experts say the sheer volume of data held by companies on cloud platforms can create its own perils. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 13 July 2024
Verb
The Minnesota River, which the Blue Earth feeds, was already one of the most sediment-laden rivers in the state, Clark said, with about nine times as much dirt and silt clouding its waters as the natural background level. Scott Dance, Washington Post, 29 June 2024 What was supposed to be a day dedicated to the nation’s past, according to some LGBTQ attendees, was clouded by Biden’s poor debate performance Thursday night and fears for the country’s future. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cloud 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cloud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cloud. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cloud

1 of 2 noun
1
: a visible mass of particles of water or ice in the form of fog, mist, or haze usually high in the air
2
a
: a usually visible mass of tiny particles in the air or bits of matter between stars
b
: a group of charged particles (as electrons)
3
: something resembling or thought to be like a cloud
a cloud of mosquitoes
under a cloud of suspicion
4
: something that appears dark or threatening
clouds of war
5
: the computers and connections that support cloud computing
storing files in the cloud
cloudless
-ləs
adjective

cloud

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make or become cloudy
2
: to darken or hide with or as if by a cloud
smog clouded our view

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