any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible
a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
out of touch with reality
"his head was in the clouds"
a cause of worry or gloom or trouble
"the only cloud on the horizon was the possibility of dissent by the French"
suspicion affecting your reputation
"after that mistake he was under a cloud"
a group of many things in the air or on the ground
"a swarm of insects obscured the light"; "clouds of blossoms"; "it discharged a cloud of spores"
make overcast or cloudy
"Fall weather often overcasts our beaches"
obscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist(verb)
make less visible or unclear
"The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"
billow up in the form of a cloud
"The smoke clouded above the houses"
make gloomy or depressed
"Their faces were clouded with sadness"
defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud(verb)
place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
"sully someone's reputation"
make less clear
"the stroke clouded memories of her youth"
mottle, dapple, cloud(verb)
colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
make milky or dull
"The chemical clouded the liquid to which it was added"
A rock; boulder; a hill.
A visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air.
Any mass of dust, steam or smoke resembling such a mass.
Anything which makes things foggy or gloomy.
A group or swarm, especially suspended above the ground or flying.
He opened the door and was greeted by a cloud of bats.
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.
The Internet, regarded as an amorphous omnipresent space for processing and storage, the focus of cloud computing.
A negative aspect of something positive: see every cloud has a silver lining or every silver lining has a cloud.
To become foggy or gloomy, to become obscured from sight.
To make obscure (e.g. to cloud the issue).
Origin: From cloud, cloude, clod, clud, clude, from clud, from klūtaz, from gel-. Cognate with cloud, clud, kluit, kluut, klute, kloot, Kloß, klode, klot, klót. Related to clod, clot.
a collection of visible vapor, or watery particles, suspended in the upper atmosphere
a mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling vapor
a dark vein or spot on a lighter material, as in marble; hence, a blemish or defect; as, a cloud upon one's reputation; a cloud on a title
that which has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect; that which temporarily overshadows, obscures, or depresses; as, a cloud of sorrow; a cloud of war; a cloud upon the intellect
a great crowd or multitude; a vast collection
a large, loosely-knitted scarf, worn by women about the head
to overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds; as, the sky is clouded
to darken or obscure, as if by hiding or enveloping with a cloud; hence, to render gloomy or sullen
to blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish; to damage; -- esp. used of reputation or character
to mark with, or darken in, veins or sports; to variegate with colors; as, to cloud yarn
to grow cloudy; to become obscure with clouds; -- often used with up
Origin: [Prob. fr. AS. cld a rock or hillock, the application arising from the frequent resemblance of clouds to rocks or hillocks in the sky or air.]
In meteorology, a cloud is a visible mass of liquid droplets or frozen crystals made of water or various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body. These suspended particles are also known as aerosols. Clouds in Earth's atmosphere are studied in the cloud physics branch of meteorology. Two processes, possibly acting together, can lead to air becoming saturated; cooling the air or adding water vapor to the air. In general, precipitation will fall to the surface; an exception is virga, which evaporates before reaching the surface. The international cloud classification system is based on the fact that clouds in their most basic forms can show free-convective upward growth like cumulus, appear in non-convective layered sheets such as stratus, or take the form of thin fibrous wisps, as in the case of cirrus. Prefixes are used in connection with clouds to express variations or complexities in these basic forms or to specify middle or high altitude ranges. These include strato- for low clouds with limited convection that form mostly in uneven layers, cumulo- for complex highly-convective storm clouds, nimbo- for thick layered clouds of some complexity that can produce moderate to heavy precipitation, alto- for middle clouds, and cirro- for high clouds; the latter two of which may be of simple or moderately complex structure. Whether or not a cloud is low, middle, or high level depends on how far above the ground its base forms. Cloud types with significant vertical extent can form in the low or middle altitude ranges depending on the moisture content of the air. Clouds in the troposphere have Latin names due to the popular adaptation of Luke Howard's cloud categorization system, which began to spread in popularity during December 1802. Synoptic surface weather observations use code numbers to record and report the types of tropospheric cloud visible at each scheduled observation time based on the height and physical appearance of the clouds.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
klowd, n. a mass of fog, consisting of minute particles of water, often in a frozen state, floating in the atmosphere: (fig.) anything unsubstantial: a great number or multitude of anything, as the New Test. 'cloud of witnesses:' anything that obscures, as a cloud: a dark spot on a lighter material: a great volume of dust or smoke: anything gloomy, overhanging, or bodeful.—v.t. to overspread with clouds: to darken: to defame: to stain with dark spots or streaks.—v.i. to become clouded or darkened.—ns. Cloud′age; Cloud′-berr′y, a low plant related to the bramble, found on elevated moors in Britain, with an orange-red berry of delightful flavour.—adj. Cloud′-built, made of clouds, unsubstantial.—n. Cloud′-burst, a sudden flood of rain over a small area.—adjs. Cloud′-capt (Shak.), capped with or touching the clouds; Cloud′-compel′ling, driving or collecting the clouds, an epithet of Jupiter; Cloud′ed, hidden by clouds: (fig.) darkened: indistinct: variegated with spots, as a 'clouded cane,' &c.—n. Cloud′ery.—adv. Cloud′ily.—ns. Cloud′iness; Cloud′ing, a cloudy appearance.—adj. growing dim.—adjs. Cloud′-kiss′ing (Shak.), touching the clouds; Cloud′less, unclouded, clear.—adv. Cloud′lessly.—n. Cloud′let, a little cloud.—adjs. Cloud′-topped, covered with or touching the clouds; Cloud′y, darkened with, or consisting of, clouds: obscure: gloomy: stained with dark spots: (coll.) 'shady.'—Wait till the clouds roll by, to wait for more favourable circumstances.—Under a cloud, in trouble or disfavour. [A.S. clúd, a hill, then a cloud, the root idea being a mass or ball. Clod and Clot are from the same root.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cloud' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4412
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cloud' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4556
Rank popularity for the word 'cloud' in Nouns Frequency: #1185
The numerical value of cloud in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of cloud in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
People at a distance saw the mushroom cloud and heard a thunderous roar. But I did not see the cloud because I was in it.
My mother groan'd, my father wept Into the dangerous world I leapt, Helpless, naked, piping load, Like a friend hid in a cloud.
We believe that, most likely, what we're seeing is more uniform cloud cover on one of these planets versus more patchy cloud cover on the other, where you can see deeper into the atmospheric layers.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
Look at the bow in the cloud, in the very rain itself. That is a sign that the sun, though you cannot see it, is shining still -- that up above beyond the cloud is still sunlight and warmth and cloudless blue sky.
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Translations for cloud
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- سحابة, غيمةArabic
- во́блака, хмараBelarusian
- মেঘ, বাদলBengali
- སྤྲིན་པTibetan Standard
- núvolCatalan, Valencian
- mrak, oblak, zatemnitCzech
- cymylau, cwmwlWelsh
- Wolke, Schleier, verschleiern, GewölkGerman
- alĩlikpo, fúfu, adzudzɔEwe
- σκιάζω, συννεφιάζω, βουρκώνω, σύννεφο, θολώνω, νέφοςGreek
- nube, nublarSpanish
- vidu, udu, pilvinema, parv, pilv, ähmastama, varjutamaEstonian
- ابر, میغ, توده, مزنهPersian
- pilvi, utu, sumentua, huurtua, sumentaa, hämärtää, sumu, samentua, parviFinnish
- nuage, s'obscurcirFrench
- wolkWestern Frisian
- néal, scamallIrish
- sgòth, falaich, neul, toit, neulaichScottish Gaelic
- मेघ, अभ्र, बादलHindi
- felleg, raj, tömeg, felhő, seregHungarian
- քուլա, ամպArmenian
- nembo, nebbia, annuvolarsi, oscurare, nube, nuvola, annebbiareItalian
- 煙, 雲, 濁り, 群れ, クラウド, 埃, 曇り, 蒸気, 湯気, 大群Japanese
- nuiaqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ewr, hewrKurdish
- WollekLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ເມກ, ເຝື້ອLao
- ढग, मेघ, क्लाउडMarathi
- merawan, awan, megaMalay
- sky, støvsky, cloudNorwegian
- sky, støvskyNorwegian Nynorsk
- overskye, formørke, fordunkle, skye, SkyNorwegian
- kʼosNavajo, Navaho
- мигъOssetian, Ossetic
- ਬੱਦਲPanjabi, Punjabi
- ورېځPashto, Pushto
- neivel, nüvla, nivel, nibel, nebla, neablaRomansh
- nor, înnegura, întuneca, negură, înnoraRomanian
- облако, туча, ройRussian
- मेघ, वारिद, अभ्रSanskrit
- nughe, nue, nuiSardinian
- ȍblāk, о̏бла̄кSerbo-Croatian
- වලාකුළSinhala, Sinhalese
- mrak, oblakSlovak
- moln, skySwedish
- పొగమేఘము, మసక, మేఘము, మంచుతెర, మబ్బుకమ్ముటTelugu
- болыт, bolıtTatar
- بۇلۇتUyghur, Uighur
- میگھ, ابر, بادلUrdu
- lefog, lefogemVolapük
- וואָלקןס, וואָלקןYiddish
- ifu, iyeziZulu
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