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

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 The library’s six reading tables are covered every evening with leather shrouds, which shield the wood from corrosive bat droppings and need to be vacuumed regularly. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Bats Help Preserve Old Books But They Drive Librarians, Well, Batty," 17 June 2018 The saint, wrapped in a black cloak or shroud, floats on the river’s surface, his body lapped by little feathery waves. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "‘Painted in Mexico’: When a New Art Flourished Far From Mother Spain," 10 May 2018 High-tech jackets and long-sleeve shirts still get wet, and those damp clothes can turn into a heavy, misery-inducing shroud later in the race. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Rain drops like tiny darts, blisters that cut like a serrated knife. A Globe reporter on the worst of what runners are braving out there," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dark clouds and fog shrouded the area around the cave as a steady rain began falling in the early afternoon. Thomas Maresca And John Bacon, USA TODAY, "4 are out; 9 to go: Captivated world watches Thailand cave rescue," 9 July 2018 Dark clouds shrouded the mountains above the cave much of the day Sunday, bringing heavy rains and threatening to raise the water level in the cave once again. New York Times, "In Daring Underwater Cave Rescue, 4 of 13 Thai Are Freed," 8 July 2018 Storm clouds and dust shrouded the moon even in Saudi Arabia, home to Mecca, the faith’s holiest site. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Muslims look to new moon for start of Ramadan, but few saw it this year," 16 May 2018 The Mossad, long shrouded in mystery and mythology, is legendary in international intelligence circles for being behind what are believed to be some of the most daring covert operations of the past century. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Israel's Mossad spy agency shrouded in mystery and mystique," 1 May 2018 The same legislation that created the tool shrouded it in secrecy. John Fauber, jsonline.com, "Is your doctor banned from practicing in other states? State licensing system keeps patients in the dark," 28 Feb. 2018 Students will not return to school until next week. Instead of returning to the campus, which remained shrouded in crime scene tape, teachers huddled in meetings at the district's central administration building. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe teachers return to work, but not to campus," 23 May 2018 Today, the jungle has reclaimed the land of Ross Island, shrouding in foliage its gruesome past. Neelima Vallangi, Smithsonian, "India’s Abandoned Island of Colonial Horror," 8 May 2018 The whitewashed walls shrouded in bougainvillea and plush sofas in the surrounding open corridors add to the welcome. Elizabeth Zach, chicagotribune.com, "Cuernavaca: A side trip into opulence, only an hour away from Mexico's capital," 9 Apr. 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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