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

The Scottish town of Helensburgh, northwest of Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde, is veiled in clouds and drizzle for much of the year. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "An Iconic House in Scotland Gets a Gorgeous Redesign," 30 Apr. 2019 On International Women’s Day 2016, Singleton made the final push to Stella Point, the rim of the summit of Kilimanjaro—18,885 ft into the clouds and just a few hundred feet shy of the mountain’s highest peak. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019 Fans started to freak out when Ariana hinted at the collaboration on March 4, sending cloud and coffee emojis Starbucks and Ari confirmed that a new drink, the Cloud Macchiato, has been added to the menu. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Dropped a Starbucks Drink and Coffee-Lovers are Obsessed," 5 Mar. 2019 The injured man named Bruno clutches his knee as a helicopter digs its landing skid into the snowy facade, its propellers cutting through the clouds and nearly scraping the mountain with each rotation. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Helicopter Pulls Off Improbable Rescue Mission in the French Alps," 10 Jan. 2019 Nadella has refocused Microsoft on the cloud, and the software giant has made big gains against Amazon, its primary rival. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft briefly overtakes Apple to become the world’s most valuable company," 26 Nov. 2018 Fashionistas were encouraged to kick off their heels, climb onto the cloud and zone out. Fox News, "London Fashion Week featured 'Chubby Cloud' for tired trendsetters to sleep on," 18 Sep. 2018 Maybe a little lower humidity, fewer clouds, and temperatures that are rather similar. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Maybe an isolated shower this evening, and mostly sunny for a warm Friday," 12 July 2018 As that happens, the water vapor condenses to form clouds and, given the right conditions, storms. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Wettest place in Arizona? It's this mountain lake," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company’s successful turnaround has been clouded by an ongoing series of regulatory issues. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Taps Jeep Head as New CEO to Replace Ailing Marchionne," 21 July 2018 Unfortunately, the entire experience has been clouded by a cheap political stunt. Michael Schwartz And James Masters, CNN, "David Friedman photograph sparks Jerusalem controversy," 23 May 2018 Since Trump nominated Haspel, her confirmation has been clouded by debate over the CIA's former interrogation program. Deb Riechmann And Lisa Mascaro, Fox News, "Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director," 17 May 2018 Netanyahu on Monday called early elections for April, setting the stage for a three-month campaign clouded by a series of corruption investigations against the long-serving Israeli leader. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Under duress, Israel’s Netanyahu still election front-runner," 25 Dec. 2018 Denmark boss Age Hareide has backed his team to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup but conceded his side showed signs of fatigue during their 1-1 draw with Australia, which was clouded with further questions over VAR's decision making. SI.com, "Denmark Boss Confident of Reaching Knockout Stages After Australia Draw But Admits Side Are Fatigued," 21 June 2018 That soil clouds the water and eventually can cause serious harm to the fish and insects that live there. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Fishing enthusiasts hooked on conservation," 26 June 2018 Fox’s challenge is to not let that flashy number cloud its judgment. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Comcast’s Big Bid Shouldn’t Distract From Regulatory Risks," 13 June 2018 Dershowitz, in his defense, suggests Gertner is in the throes of an anti-Trump fever, clouding her judgment. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "A Harvard face-off in the court of public opinion over Trump, Mueller," 20 Apr. 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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