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"


  1. cloud(Noun)

    A rock; boulder; a hill.

  2. cloud(Noun)

    A visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air.

  3. cloud(Noun)

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

  4. cloud(Noun)

    Anything which makes things foggy or gloomy.

  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.

  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.

  7. cloud(Noun)

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

  8. cloud(Noun)

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

  9. cloud(Noun)

    crystal methamphetamine

  10. cloud(Verb)

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

  11. cloud(Verb)

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

  12. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cloud(noun)

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

  2. Cloud(noun)

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

  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

  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

  5. Cloud(noun)

    a great crowd or multitude; a vast collection

  6. Cloud(noun)

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

  7. Cloud(verb)

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

  8. Cloud(verb)

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

  9. Cloud(verb)

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

  10. Cloud(verb)

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

  11. Cloud(verb)

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

  12. 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.]


  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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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. Martina Navratilova:

    I wasn't tired, I was on cloud nine.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    God is a cloud from which rain fell.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    This cloud is impacting everything else.

  4. Arabian Proverb:

    A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain

  5. Marley Gray:

    We bet the entire farm on the cloud, pretty much.

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