shroud

noun
\ˈshrau̇d, especially Southern ˈsrau̇d\

Definition of shroud 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : shelter, protection

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 : burial garment : winding-sheet, cerement

4a : 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

shroud

verb
shrouded; shrouding; shrouds

Definition of shroud (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a archaic : to cover for protection

b obsolete : conceal

2a : to cut off from view : obscure trees shrouded by fog this point is shrouded in uncertainty— Henry James

b : to veil under another appearance (as by obscuring or disguising) shrouded the decision in a series of formalities

3 : to dress for burial

intransitive verb

archaic : to seek shelter

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Noun

1 shroud 4a

In the meaning defined above

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is when the clouds of dust and smoke released shroud the planet and block out the sun, causing temperatures to drop, possibly for years. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "10 ways the world is most likely to end, explained by scientists," 18 Oct. 2018 The mother then wrapped Layla in a white shroud and a red, green, white and black Palestinian flag. Hana Salah, latimes.com, "A baby girl dies in the haze of Gaza," 16 May 2018 As a result, Thursday’s sentencing took place under a shroud of secrecy — much like the hearing at which Acosta pleaded guilty in 2016. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Ex-State Rep. Leslie Acosta sentenced to 7 months in career-ending case," 28 June 2018 Just plain wood coffins or maybe a cotton death shroud, and fairly soon the body in the grave would be recycled back into nature. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "No Expensive Caskets. No Toxic Chemicals. 'Green Burials' Growing In Popularity In Connecticut," 6 July 2018 That meeting -- the first between the leaders of the governments in Beijing and Taipei since the civil war ended seven decades earlier -- was arranged under a shroud of secrecy, something Singapore has shown itself adept at handling. David Tweed, Bloomberg.com, "Why Trump and Kim Picked Singapore for Their Summit," 10 May 2018 In the mid-1970s, while at the Zidell Explorations salvage yard on the Willamette River, Reynders found discarded gun turret shrouds pulled from the USS Bunker Hill, a WWII Essex-class aircraft carrier. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Who will rescue the West Linn dome home from bankruptcy court? An artist, hobbit or developer? (photos)," 20 Mar. 2018 Fulginiti said that a green burial with a simple wooden coffin or shroud would be less expensive than buying an elaborate casket, the cost of green burial plots would be somewhat more expensive than ordinary cemetery sites. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "No Expensive Caskets. No Toxic Chemicals. 'Green Burials' Growing In Popularity In Connecticut," 6 July 2018 Yet with songs as delicate as the shrouds that decorated the stage, Grizzly Bear’s cultivated approach was ill-suited to the setting. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Middle of the Map opening night: a few setbacks, a sultry show from Spoon," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Khalilzad’s tour of the region, which was first announced by the State Department as a mission to coordinate and lead U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, has been shrouded in secrecy. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan," 9 Oct. 2018 Nevertheless, the entire process was shrouded in partisan tension, further amplified by the way Republican lawmakers have handled requests for his records. Li Zhou, Vox, "It’s official: Brett Kavanaugh just became the least popular Supreme Court justice in modern history," 6 Oct. 2018 During launch, this area is shrouded by a protective fairing, which is jettisoned once in space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Orion spacecraft may carry more than NASA missions to the Moon," 4 Oct. 2018 At this time, the teen’s death is shrouded in mystery — was the bump heard in the night the clue to his death? Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Keiandre Holt's Mysterious Shooting Death Is Being Investigated by Indiana Police," 23 Aug. 2018 What went on in those two meetings in China remains shrouded in secrecy. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "Before Kim Meets Trump, China Gets Jittery About North Korea’s Intentions," 10 June 2018 Most of North Korea's nuclear weapons program remains shrouded in secrecy. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump, North Korea's Kim Jong Un will likely save the details for after the summit," 4 June 2018 Much of the Pictish culture, however, remains shrouded in mystery so archaeologists are thrilled with the Burghead finds. James Rogers, Fox News, "'Treasure trove' discovered at ancient fort destroyed by Vikings," 31 May 2018 Even now, 16 months into his presidency, much of Trump's personal health remains shrouded in mystery. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump, fast-food lover and exercise avoider, tells nation about importance of fitness," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of shroud

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for shroud

Noun

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

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More Definitions for shroud

shroud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shroud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cloth that is used to wrap a dead body

: something that covers or hides something

shroud

verb

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

: to cover or hide (something)

shroud

noun
\ˈshrau̇d \

Kids Definition of shroud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the cloth placed over or around a dead body

2 : something that covers or hides a shroud of secrecy

shroud

verb
shrouded; shrouding

Kids Definition of shroud (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or hide with or as if with a shroud The road was shrouded in fog.

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