shroud

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noun

ˈshrau̇d How to pronounce shroud (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrau̇d
1
: burial garment : winding-sheet, cerement
2
: something that covers, screens, or guards: such as
a
: one of two flanges that give peripheral support to turbine or fan bedding
b
: a guard (as of ceramic or fiberglass) that protects a spacecraft from the heat of launching
3
a
: one of the ropes leading usually in pairs from a ship's mastheads to give lateral support to the masts
b
: one of the cords that suspend the harness of a parachute from the canopy
4
obsolete : shelter, protection

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shroud

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verb

shrouded; shrouding; shrouds

transitive verb

1
a
: to cut off from view : obscure
trees shrouded by fog
this point is shrouded in uncertaintyHenry James
b
: to veil under another appearance (as by obscuring or disguising)
shrouded the decision in a series of formalities
2
: to dress for burial
3
a
archaic : to cover for protection
b
obsolete : conceal

intransitive verb

archaic : to seek shelter

Examples of shroud in a Sentence

Noun the truth of the affair will always be hidden under a shroud of secrecy Verb The mountains were shrouded in fog. Their work is shrouded in secrecy.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For instance, cirrus clouds don’t inhibit viewing other than a slight shroud around the sun. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 The surprise here is less that an album about emerging, stronger, from sorrow’s all-encompassing shroud somehow goes down like a goblet of spiked sunshine. Raymond Cummings, SPIN, 27 Feb. 2024 As a shroud of dark gray clouds continues to build over Greater Cincinnati, the National Weather Service in Wilmington has placed the region under a severe thunderstorm watch until 4 p.m. Thursday. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 14 Mar. 2024 Critics of the mining industry have interpreted the move to squash the EIA survey as a cynical attempt to preserve a shroud of secrecy. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 6 Mar. 2024 Earlier at the hospital, relatives wept over bodies laid out in burial shrouds in the courtyard, and a man cradled a dead infant. Wafaa Shurafa and Bassem Mroue The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 24 Feb. 2024 Their morgues are overflowing: Humanitarian aid trucks are bringing in burial shrouds, and the dead are being placed in mass graves. Ghada Abdulfattah, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 In between, the bodywork swoops and swirls, forming a slender fuel tank, narrow waist and even radiator shrouds that incorporate down-force winglets, all blended together into an almost beetle-like body structure that houses the engine, frame and suspension components. William Roberson, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 This white sheet, this white flag, a shroud instead of the sun? Abe Beame, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2024
Verb
How the Football came to be has long been shrouded in mystery. Annie Jacobsen, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 Gaon’s front yard and its debris were long shrouded in a phalanx of tall plants, bushes and large trees. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 But seriously, what happens if the sun is shrouded by clouds? David Montesino, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 The image of her shrouded in an immaculate faux-fur coat while walking her dogs in over-the-knee heeled boots brings Le City bang up to date for now. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2024 The history of April Fool's Day is similarly shrouded in folklore. USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 The process of creating a fragrance is often shrouded in mystery. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 27 Mar. 2024 These were the big winners of the night. ‘Scandals and secrets’: On board the world’s most exclusive private residential ship This luxurious vessel, home to multimillionaires and billionaires, is shrouded in secrecy. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 The eclipse is predicted to chart along a 115-mile-wide path of totality, shrouding portions of Mexico, the United States and Canada in unnatural darkness and unveiling the sun's elusive outermost layer for a brief moment, USA TODAY reported. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, garment, from Old English scrūd; akin to Old English scrēade shred — more at shred entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Shroud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shroud. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shroud

1 of 2 noun
1
: the cloth placed over or around a dead body
2
: something that covers or shelters like a shroud
a shroud of secrecy
3
: one of the ropes that go from the masthead of a ship to the sides to provide support to the mast

shroud

2 of 2 verb
: to cover with or as if with a shroud
shrouded in fog

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