Definitions for: Cloud

[n] a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
[n] any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible
[n] out of touch with reality; "his head was in the clouds"
[n] suspicion affecting your reputation; "after that mistake he was under a cloud"
[v] make milky or dull; "The chemical clouded the liquid to which it was added"
[v] colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
[v] place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
[v] make gloomy or depressed; "Their faces were clouded with sadness"
[v] billow up in the form of a cloud; "The smoke clouded above the houses"
[v] make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"
[v] make overcast or cloudy; "Fall weather often overcasts our beaches"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cloud (kloud), n. [Prob. fr. AS. cl[=u]d a rock or
hillock, the application arising from the frequent
resemblance of clouds to rocks or hillocks in the sky or
1. A collection of visible vapor, or watery particles,
suspended in the upper atmosphere.

I do set my bow in the cloud. --Gen. ix. 13.

Note: A classification of clouds according to their chief
forms was first proposed by the meteorologist Howard,
and this is still substantially employed. The following
varieties and subvarieties are recognized:
(a) Cirrus. This is the most elevated of all the forms
of clouds; is thin, long-drawn, sometimes looking like
carded wool or hair, sometimes like a brush or room,
sometimes in curl-like or fleecelike patches. It is
the cat's-tail of the sailor, and the mare's-tail of
the landsman.
(b) Cumulus. This form appears in large masses of a
hemispherical form, or nearly so, above, but flat
below, one often piled above another, forming great
clouds, common in the summer, and presenting the
appearance of gigantic mountains crowned with snow. It
often affords rain and thunder gusts.
(c) Stratus. This form appears in layers or bands
extending horizontally.
(d) Nimbus. This form is characterized by its uniform
gray tint and ragged edges; it covers the sky in
seasons of continued rain, as in easterly storms, and
is the proper rain cloud. The name is sometimes used
to denote a raining cumulus, or cumulostratus.
(e) Cirro-cumulus. This form consists, like the cirrus,
of thin, broken, fleecelice clouds, but the parts are
more or less rounded and regulary grouped. It is
popularly called mackerel sky.
(f) Cirro-stratus. In this form the patches of cirrus
coalesce in long strata, between cirrus and stratus.
(g) Cumulo-stratus. A form between cumulus and stratus,
often assuming at the horizon a black or bluish tint.
-- Fog, cloud, motionless, or nearly so, lying near
or in contact with the earth's surface. -- {Storm
scud}, cloud lying quite low, without form, and driven
rapidly with the wind.

2. A mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling
vapor. ``A thick cloud of incense.'' --Ezek. viii. 11.

3. 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. 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. A great crowd or multitude; a vast collection. ``So great
a cloud of witnesses.'' --Heb. xii. 1.

6. A large, loosely-knitted scarf, worn by women about the

Cloud on a (or the) title (Law), a defect of title,
usually superficial and capable of removal by release,
decision in equity, or legislation.

To be under a cloud, to be under suspicion or in disgrace;
to be in disfavor.

In the clouds, in the realm of facy and imagination; beyond
reason; visionary.

Cloud, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clouded; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds; as, the sky
is clouded.

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

One day too late, I fear me, noble lord, Hath
clouded all thy happy days on earth. --Shak.

Be not disheartened, then, nor cloud those looks.

Nothing clouds men's minds and impairs their honesty
like prejudice. --M. Arnold.

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

I would not be a stander-by to hear My sovereign
mistress clouded so, without My present vengeance
taken. --Shak.

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

And the nice conduct of a clouded cane. --Pope.

Cloud, v. i.
To grow cloudy; to become obscure with clouds; -- often used
with up.

Worthies, away! The scene begins to cloud. --Shak.

Synonyms: becloud, befog, corrupt, dapple, defile, fog, haze over, mist, mottle, obscure, overcast, sully, taint

Antonyms: brighten, clear, clear up, light up

See Also: aerosol, affect, atmospheric phenomenon, billow, cirrocumulus, cirrocumulus cloud, cirrostratus, cirrostratus cloud, cirrus, cirrus cloud, cloud bank, cloud over, cloud up, coma, conceal, condensation trail, contrail, cosmic dust, cumulonimbus, cumulonimbus cloud, cumulus, cumulus cloud, darken, deflower, dull, dust cloud, fog up, harlequin, hide, impair, impress, irreality, mar, move, mushroom, mushroom cloud, mushroom-shaped cloud, nebula, nimbus, nimbus cloud, overcloud, overshadow, physical phenomenon, rain cloud, sky, speckle, spoil, spot, stipple, storm cloud, stratus, stratus cloud, strike, suspicion, thundercloud, unreality, vitiate, wallow, water vapor, water vapour

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