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cloud

cloud

 
 
pronunciation:
klaUd
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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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
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: clouded, clouding, clouds
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 obscure or cloudy (often fol. by up).
synonyms:
darken, fog
similar words:
dim, gloom, mist, overcast
definition 2: to show anxiety or distress.
Her face clouded with worry.
similar words:
trouble
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.