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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Even now, 16 months into his presidency, much of Trump's personal health remains shrouded in mystery. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "Trump, fast-food lover and exercise avoider, tells nation about importance of fitness," 30 May 2018 But the situation of those already released, most of whom have never been charged, remains shrouded in mystery. Missy Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "Freed from Guantanamo, former US prisoners disappear from view overseas," 29 May 2018 But the situation of those already released, most of whom have never been charged, remains shrouded in mystery. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "Freed from Guantanamo, former U.S. prisoners disappear from view overseas," 29 May 2018 That chapter in her 33-year career remains shrouded in mystery because officials have refused to declassify more information about it. Chris Megerian, latimes.com, "Trump's nominee for CIA director wins key Democratic support, virtually assuring her confirmation," 15 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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