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cloud

 
 
pronunciation:
klaUd
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a visible body, usu. white or gray, of fine water droplets high in the earth's atmosphere.
 
similar words:
cirrus, cumulus, fog, haze, mist, nebula, nimbus, pea soup, smog, smoke, steam, stratus, vapor
definition 2: a similar body of other types of matter such as dust or smoke.
similar words:
fog, haze, nebula, puff, smog, smoke, swarm, throng, vapor
definition 3: something that obscures or darkens.
synonyms:
pall, veil
similar words:
cloak, mantle, mist, screen, shade, shroud
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: clouds, clouding, clouded
definition 1: to cover or darken with clouds or as if by clouds.
synonyms:
becloud, cover, darken, overcast, overshadow
similar words:
bedim, befog, cloak, dim, fog, mist, muddy, shade, shroud
definition 2: to make sad or otherwise difficult; trouble.
Illness clouded her childhood.
synonyms:
afflict, plague, trouble, vex
similar words:
annoy, bother, pain, sadden, shadow
definition 3: to blemish; sully.
His reputation was clouded by a criminal conviction.
synonyms:
blemish, defame, defile, stain, sully, taint, tarnish
similar words:
degrade, discredit, malign, mar, slur, spoil
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become filled or covered by clouds, steam, or the like (often fol. by "up").
It was sunny in the morning, but it clouded up in the early afternoon.Her glasses clouded up when she entered the warm room after being out in the cold.
synonyms:
darken, fog
similar words:
dim, gloom, mist, overcast
definition 2: to show anxiety or distress.
Her face clouded with worry.
similar words:
trouble
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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."
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  • cloudy:
    having many clouds.