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cloud

cloud

 
pronunciation:
klaUd
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a white or gray mass of fine drops of water or ice high in the earth's atmosphere.
 
similar words:
cirrus, cumulus, fog, haze, mist, nebula, smog, smoke, steam, vapor
definition 2: something like a cloud, such as dust or smoke.
His boots kicked up a cloud of dust as he walked into the store.
similar words:
fog, haze, nebula, puff, smog, smoke, swarm, throng, vapor
definition 3: something that threatens or makes dark and gloomy.
Everyone in the city lived under a cloud of fear.
synonyms:
veil
similar words:
cloak, mantle, screen, shade
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: clouded, clouding, clouds
definition 1: to cover with clouds.
Smoke from the burning building clouded the neighborhood.
synonyms:
cover, darken
similar words:
cloak, dim, fog, mist, shade
definition 2: to become cloudy (often followed by "up").
The sky clouded up before the storm began.
synonyms:
fog
similar words:
dim, mist
derivations: cloudless (adj.), cloudlike (adj.)
Word History
Cloud is from clud, an Old English word that means "rock or hill," and from clouden which means "to dim or darken."
Word Builder: cloud +
  • cloudy:
    having many clouds.