shroud

noun
\ ˈshrau̇d How to pronounce shroud (audio) , 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

Reinforced fabric shrouds will be hung from frames that contractors can move along the route to protect building walls and windows. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct," 5 Dec. 2018 The weapons appear trailer-mounted, normally concealed inside an armored shroud. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Deploys New Ground-Based Laser Weapon," 5 Dec. 2018 Later Disruptive design collective Vetements sent out some models wearing shroud-like hoods intended to allow for private texting. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 Dromore splinters off a busy thoroughfare, but all the commotion is hidden by a shroud of nature. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "Sisters’ Quiet Life of Prayer Disrupted by an Affordable Housing Fight," 8 Feb. 2018 Only four episodes were available for review, but what’s developing is a comedy jewel, albeit one wrapped in a shroud. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Kidding’ Review: Adult Emotions on Children’s TV," 13 Sep. 2018 Held in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, the shroud shows the image of a crucified man and has been analyzed and scrutinized for many, many years. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Bloodstains on Shroud of Turin are probably fake, experts say," 16 July 2018 The investigation into the bloodstain pattern on the cloth was reported Tuesday in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and is apparently the first such analysis of the controversial shroud. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Bloodstains on Shroud of Turin are probably fake, experts say," 16 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Greywind's body was found several days after she was killed, shrouded in plastic and dumped in the Red River. Fox News, "Man acquitted in pregnant woman's slaying in North Dakota," 28 Sep. 2018 Novack has the ability to lift the veil, or in Talley’s case, the billowing caftans, that have shrouded him in certain mystery. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Black fashion superhero André Leon Talley finally gets his due in new documentary," 6 June 2018 There’s a lot of areas in civil litigation where settlement clauses are used to shroud them in secrecy. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Confidential deals can obscure sexual misconduct allegations against doctors as Cleveland Clinic case shows," 5 Jan. 2018 Last year was shrouded in darkness, yet the light managed to seep in. Marie Claire, "Deep Dives," 7 Mar. 2019 The process was shrouded in secrecy up until the end. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 In one of the Bad Boy catalog’s most world-beating highlights, Puff grabs a pair of Biggie verses that are very much shrouded in the foreboding tone that ended Life After Death. Brian Josephs, Billboard, "The Notorious B.I.G.'s 25 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 21 May 2018 Of course, the Sixers’ 2017-18 season will also be remembered by Markelle Fultz’s disappointing rookie campaign that was shrouded in mystery that left many with more questions than answers. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "What's the future of the Sixers roster? A player-by-player breakdown," 15 May 2018 China’s leaders have had to introduce more environmentally friendly policies to tackle cities that are often shrouded in smog, as well as rising incidence of diseases like lung cancer. Bloomberg.com, "Xi Jinping Has a New Signup For China's Pollution Fight: Walmart," 29 Mar. 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
literary : something that covers or hides something

shroud

verb

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

literary : to cover or hide (something)

shroud

noun
\ ˈshrau̇d How to pronounce shroud (audio) \

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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