cloud (plural clouds)
- (obsolete) A rock; boulder; a hill.
- A visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
- So this was my future home, I thought! […] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
- Any mass of dust, steam or smoke resembling such a mass.
- Anything which makes things foggy or gloomy.
- (figurative) Anything unsubstantial.
- A dark spot on a lighter material or background.
- A group or swarm, especially suspended above the ground or flying.
- He opened the door and was greeted by a cloud of bats.
- Bible, Epistle to the Hebrews xii. 1
- so great a cloud of witnesses
- An elliptical shape or symbol whose outline is a series of semicircles, supposed to resemble a cloud.
- The comic-book character's thoughts appeared in a cloud above his head.
- (computing, with "the") The Internet, regarded as an abstract amorphous omnipresent space for processing and storage, the focus of cloud computing.
- (figuratively) A negative or foreboding aspect of something positive: see every cloud has a silver lining or every silver lining has a cloud.
- (slang) Crystal methamphetamine.
- A large, loosely-knitted headscarf worn by women.
cloud (clouds, present participle clouding; past and past participle clouded)
- (intransitive) To become foggy or gloomy, or obscured from sight.
- The glass clouds when you breathe on it.
- (transitive) To overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds.
- The sky is clouded.
- (transitive) To make obscure.
- All this talk about human rights is clouding the real issue.
- (transitive) To make less acute or perceptive.
- Your emotions are clouding your judgement.
- The tears began to well up and cloud my vision.
- (transitive) To make gloomy or sullen.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
- One day too late, I fear me, noble lord, / Hath clouded all thy happy days on earth.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Be not disheartened, then, nor cloud those looks.
- (transitive) To blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish (reputation or character).
- c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
- I would not be a stander-by to hear / My sovereign mistress clouded so, without / My present vengeance taken.
- (transitive) To mark with, or darken in, veins or sports; to variegate with colors.
- to cloud yarn
- 1717, Alexander Pope, “The Rape of the Lock”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, […], OCLC 43265629 ↗, canto IV:
- The nice conduct of a clouded cane
- (intransitive) To become marked, darkened or variegated in this way.
- French: s'obscurcir
- Italian: annuvolarsi, oscurare, annebbiare
- Portuguese: enevoar
- Russian: затуманиться
- Spanish: nublar