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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shroudnoun

    a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute

  2. sheet, tack, mainsheet, weather sheet, shroudnoun

    (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind

  3. pall, shroud, cerement, winding-sheet, winding-clothesverb

    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped

  4. shroud, enshroud, hide, coververb

    cover as if with a shroud

    "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"

  5. shroudverb

    form a cover like a shroud

    "Mist shrouded the castle"

  6. shroudverb

    wrap in a shroud

    "shroud the corpses"


  1. shroudnoun

    That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.

  2. shroudnoun

    Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet.

  3. shroudnoun

    That which covers or shelters like a shroud.

  4. shroudnoun

    A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt.

  5. shroudnoun

    The branching top of a tree; foliage.

  6. shroudnoun

    A rope or cable serving to support the mast sideways.

  7. shroudnoun

    One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.

  8. shroudverb

    To cover with a shroud.

  9. shroudverb

    To conceal or hide from view, as if by a shroud.

  10. Etymology: scrūd, cognate with Old Norse skrúð (> Danish, Norwegian skrud).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shroudnoun

    Etymology: scrud , Saxon.

    It would warm his spirits,
    To hear from me you had left Antony,
    And put yourself under his shroud, the universal landlord. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    By me invested with a vail of clouds,
    And swaddled, as new-born, in fable shrouds,
    For these a receptacle I design’d. George Sandys.

    The winds
    Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
    Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us seek
    Some better shroud, some better warmth, to cherish
    Our limbs benumb’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Now the wasted brands do glow;
    Whilst the screech owl screeching loud,
    Puts the wretch that lies in woe
    In remembrance of a shroud. William Shakespeare.

    I turned back to the mast of the ship; there I found my sword among some of the shrouds. Philip Sidney.

    The visitation of the winds,
    Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
    Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them
    With deafening clamours in the slipp’ry shrouds,
    That with the hurley death itself awakes. William Shakespeare.

    The tackle of my heart is crackt and burnt;
    And all the shrowds wherewith my life should sail,
    Are turned to one little hair. William Shakespeare.

    A weather-beaten vessel holds
    Gladly the port, tho’ shrouds and takle torn. John Milton.

    The flaming shrouds so dreadful did appear,
    All judg’d a wreck could no proportion bear. Dryden.

    The cries of men are mix’d with rattling shrouds,
    Seas dash on seas, and clouds encounter clouds. Dryden.

    He summons strait his denizens of air;
    The lucid squadrons round the sails repair:
    Soft o’er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe,
    That seem’d but zephyrs. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Shroudverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Under your beams I will me safely shroud. Fa. Queen.

    He got himself with his fellows to the town of Mege, in hope to shroud himself, until such time as the rage of the people were appeased. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    The governors of Corfu caused the suburbs, which were very great, to be plucked down, for fear that the Turks shrouding themselves in them, should with more ease besiege the town. Richard Knolles, Hist of the Turks.

    One of these trees, with all his young ones, may shroud four hundred horsemen. Walter Raleigh.

    Besides the faults men commit, with this immediate avowed aspect upon their religion, there are others which slily shroud themselves under the skirt of its mantle. Decay of Piety.

    So Venus, from prevailing Greeks did shroud
    The hope of Rome, and sav’d him in a cloud. Edmund Waller.

    If I die before thee, shroud me
    In one of these same sheets. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The antient Egyptian mummies were shrouded in a number of folds of linen, besmeared with gums, like serecloth. Francis Bacon.

    Whoever comes to shroud me, do not harm
    That subtile wreath of hair about mine arm. John Donne.

    That same evening, when all shrouded were
    In careless sleep, all, without care or fear,
    They fell upon the flock. Edmund Spenser.

    Under this thick-grown brake we’ll shroud ourselves,
    For through this land anon the deer will come,
    And in this covert will we make our stand,
    Culling the principal. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Moon, slip behind some cloud: some tempest rise,
    And blow out all the stars that light the skies,
    To shroud my shame. Dryden.

    Thither the loud tumultuous winds resort,
    And on the mountain keep their boist’rous court,
    That in thick show’rs her rocky summit shrouds,
    And darkens all the broken view with clouds. Addison.

  3. To Shroudverb

    To harbour; to take shelter.

    If your stray attendance be yet lodg’d,
    Or shroud within these limits, I shall know
    Ere morrow wake. John Milton.


  1. shroud

    A shroud is generally a cloth or an envelope of some kind that covers, protects, conceals, or obscures something. In terms of burial rituals, a shroud is a cloth in which a dead person is wrapped before burial. In a mechanical context, a shroud is a protective covering.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shroudnoun

    that which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment

  2. Shroudnoun

    especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet

  3. Shroudnoun

    that which covers or shelters like a shroud

  4. Shroudnoun

    a covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt

  5. Shroudnoun

    the branching top of a tree; foliage

  6. Shroudnoun

    a set of ropes serving as stays to support the masts. The lower shrouds are secured to the sides of vessels by heavy iron bolts and are passed around the head of the lower masts

  7. Shroudnoun

    one of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate

  8. Shroudnoun

    to cover with a shroud; especially, to inclose in a winding sheet; to dress for the grave

  9. Shroudnoun

    to cover, as with a shroud; to protect completely; to cover so as to conceal; to hide; to veil

  10. Shroudverb

    to take shelter or harbor

  11. Shroudverb

    to lop. See Shrood

  12. Etymology: [OE. shroud, shrud, schrud, AS. scrd a garment, clothing; akin to Icel. skru the shrouds of a ship, furniture of a church, a kind of stuff, Sw. skrud dress, attire, and E. shred. See Shred, and cf. Shrood.]


  1. Shroud

    Shroud is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. He first appeared in Super-Villain Team-Up #5, and was created by Steve Englehart and Herb Trimpe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shroud

    shrowd, n. the dress of the dead, a winding-sheet: that which clothes or covers: any underground hole, a vault, burrow, &c.: (pl.) a set of ropes from the mast-heads to a ship's sides, to support the masts.—v.t. to enclose in a shroud: to cover: to hide: to shelter.—v.i. to take shelter.—adjs. Shroud′less, without a shroud; Shroud′y, giving shelter. [A.S. scrúd; Ice. skrúdh, clothing.]

  2. Shroud

    shrowd, v.t. (prov.) to lop the branches from, as a tree.—n. a cutting, a bough or branch, the foliage of a tree. [A variant of shred.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shroud in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shroud in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of shroud in a Sentence

  1. Peter Tuthill:

    The bones of these rare massive stars had to be out there, but they seemed to shroud themselves in mystery, the oldest neutron stars and black holes were created when the galaxy was younger and shaped differently, and then subjected to complex changes spanning billions of years. It has been a major task to model all of this to find them.

  2. Brian Castner:

    The civilian death toll weve uncovered in just a handful of strikes suggests the shroud of secrecy surrounding the U.S. role in Somalias war is actually a smoke screen for impunity.

  3. Mariana Fulger:

    A shroud lies ahead and behind many truths. Reality is (sometimes) a glass wall no ray of light reaches.

  4. Mariana Fulger:

    Reality is a puzzle revealing itself one portion at a time, always where the deepest shroud falls. Wanting to piece the clues together, you are only losing yourself in the maze.

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    We knit alone our life, before seeing by it our shroud. (Nous tricotons notre vie seule, Avant d'y voir notre linceul)

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    • A. profound
    • B. opaque
    • C. victimised
    • D. dangerous

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