What does cloud mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cloud(noun)

    any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible

  2. cloud(noun)

    a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude

  3. cloud(noun)

    out of touch with reality

    "his head was in the clouds"

  4. cloud(noun)

    a cause of worry or gloom or trouble

    "the only cloud on the horizon was the possibility of dissent by the French"

  5. cloud(noun)

    suspicion affecting your reputation

    "after that mistake he was under a cloud"

  6. swarm, cloud(verb)

    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"

  7. overcast, cloud(verb)

    make overcast or cloudy

    "Fall weather often overcasts our beaches"

  8. 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"

  9. cloud(verb)

    billow up in the form of a cloud

    "The smoke clouded above the houses"

  10. cloud(verb)

    make gloomy or depressed

    "Their faces were clouded with sadness"

  11. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud(verb)

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

  12. cloud(verb)

    make less clear

    "the stroke clouded memories of her youth"

  13. mottle, dapple, cloud(verb)

    colour with streaks or blotches of different shades

  14. cloud(verb)

    make milky or dull

    "The chemical clouded the liquid to which it was added"

Wiktionary

  1. cloud(Noun)

    A rock; boulder; a hill.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. cloud(Noun)

    A visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. cloud(Noun)

    Any mass of dust, steam or smoke resembling such a mass.

    Etymology: 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.

  4. cloud(Noun)

    Anything which makes things foggy or gloomy.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. cloud(Noun)

    A group or swarm, especially suspended above the ground or flying.

    He opened the door and was greeted by a cloud of bats.

    Etymology: 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.

  6. cloud(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  7. cloud(Noun)

    The Internet, regarded as an amorphous omnipresent space for processing and storage, the focus of cloud computing.

    Etymology: 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.

  8. cloud(Noun)

    A negative aspect of something positive: see every cloud has a silver lining or every silver lining has a cloud.

    Etymology: 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.

  9. cloud(Noun)

    crystal methamphetamine

    Etymology: 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.

  10. cloud(Verb)

    To become foggy or gloomy, to become obscured from sight.

    Etymology: 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.

  11. cloud(Verb)

    To make obscure (e.g. to cloud the issue).

    Etymology: 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.

Wikipedia

  1. Cloud

    In meteorology, a cloud is an aerosol consisting of a visible mass of minute liquid droplets, frozen crystals, or other particles suspended in the atmosphere of a planetary body or similar space. Water or various other chemicals may compose the droplets and crystals. On Earth, clouds are formed as a result of saturation of the air when it is cooled to its dew point, or when it gains sufficient moisture (usually in the form of water vapor) from an adjacent source to raise the dew point to the ambient temperature. They are seen in the Earth's homosphere (which includes the troposphere, stratosphere, and mesosphere). Nephology is the science of clouds, which is undertaken in the cloud physics branch of meteorology. The two methods of naming clouds in their respective layers of the atmosphere are Latin and common. Cloud types in the troposphere, the atmospheric layer closest to Earth's surface, have Latin names due to the universal adoption of Luke Howard's nomenclature. Formally proposed in 1802, it became the basis of a modern international system that divides clouds into five physical forms that appear in any or all of three altitude levels (formerly known as étages). These physical types, in approximate ascending order of convective activity, include stratiform sheets, cirriform wisps and patches, stratocumuliform layers (mainly structured as rolls, ripples, and patches), cumuliform heaps, and very large cumulonimbiform heaps that often show complex structures. The physical forms are divided by altitude level into 10 basic genus-types. The Latin names for applicable high-level genera in the troposphere carry a cirro- prefix, and an alto- prefix is added to the names of the mid-level genus-types. Clouds with sufficient vertical extent to occupy more than one altitude level are officially classified as low- or mid-level according to the altitude range at which each initially forms. However they are also more informally classified as multi-level or vertical, which along with low level clouds, do not carry any altitude related prefixes. Most of the genera can be subdivided into species and further subdivided into varieties. Very low stratiform clouds that extend down to the Earth's surface are given the common names fog and mist, but have no Latin names. Several clouds that form higher up in the stratosphere and mesosphere have common names for their main types. They are seen infrequently, mostly in the polar regions of Earth. Clouds have been observed in the atmospheres of other planets and moons in the Solar System and beyond. However, due to their different temperature characteristics, they are often composed of other substances such as methane, ammonia, and sulfuric acid, as well as water. The tabular overview that follows is very broad in scope. It draws from several methods of cloud classification, both formal and informal, used in different levels of the Earth's homosphere by a number of cited authorities. A cross-classifation of form and level is used to derive the 10 tropospheric genera, the fog and mist that forms at surface level, and several additional major types above the troposphere. The cumulus genus includes four species that indicate vertical size and structure. This table should therefore not be seen as a strict or singular classification, but as an illustration of how various major cloud types are related to each other and defined through a full range of altitude levels from Earth's surface to the "edge of space".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cloud(noun)

    a collection of visible vapor, or watery particles, suspended in the upper atmosphere

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Cloud(noun)

    a mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling vapor

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Cloud(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Cloud(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Cloud(noun)

    a great crowd or multitude; a vast collection

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Cloud(noun)

    a large, loosely-knitted scarf, worn by women about the head

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Cloud(verb)

    to overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds; as, the sky is clouded

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Cloud(verb)

    to darken or obscure, as if by hiding or enveloping with a cloud; hence, to render gloomy or sullen

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Cloud(verb)

    to blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish; to damage; -- esp. used of reputation or character

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Cloud(verb)

    to mark with, or darken in, veins or sports; to variegate with colors; as, to cloud yarn

    Etymology: [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.]

  11. Cloud(verb)

    to grow cloudy; to become obscure with clouds; -- often used with up

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Cloud

    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

  1. Cloud

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cloud

    A collection of vapours suspended in the atmosphere. Also, under a cloud of canvas.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'cloud' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4412

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cloud' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4556

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    Rank popularity for the word 'cloud' in Nouns Frequency: #1185

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloud in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloud in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of cloud in a Sentence

  1. Gene Munster:

    The long-term growth outlook is upbeat, as Amazon slowly takes away traditional retail's last competitive advantage - instant gratification - and rides the AWS cloud secular growth theme.

  2. Dan Morgan:

    There’s this perception that Microsoft is more on the cusp and benefiting from this (cloud) trend, intel is still more drowned out.

  3. Aaron Cassell:

    Typically you dont see a mushroom cloud in the desert.

  4. Luke Evans:

    It's unfortunate the government came in and made allegations without basis, people had to live with those allegations….under the cloud of those allegations.

  5. John Kelly:

    It may not be a cloud, but certainly the President is somewhat embarrassed, frankly.

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