- a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
- something that covers or conceals like a garment: a shroud of rain.
- Nautical. any of a number of taut ropes or wires converging from both sides on the head of a lower or upper mast of the outer end of a bowsprit to steady it against lateral sway: a part of the standing rigging.
- Also called shroud line. Aeronautics. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
- Also called shroud·ing. Machinery.
- (on a nonmetallic gear) an extended metal rim enclosing the ends of the teeth on either side.
- (on a water wheel) one of two rings of boards or plates enclosing the buckets at their ends.
- Rocketry. a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.
- to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
- to cover; hide from view.
- to veil, as in obscurity or mystery: They shrouded their past lives in an effort to forget.
- to provide (a water wheel) with a shroud.
- Obsolete. to shelter.
- Archaic. to take shelter.
Origin of shroud
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Examples from the Web for shroud
The shawl, we learn, weaves its way through Mexican life, from its use as a baby carrier to a shroud used to bury the dead.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
The most famous ones are the Mandylion of Edessa, the Veronica and the Shroud of Turin.Self-portraits with Buzz
June 28, 2012
Indeed, the Shroud is as difficult to understand, in its way, as the Resurrection.
Overall, the 1988 carbon-dating has made little difference to sindonology (as study of the Shroud is known).
Ultimately, it is worry about what the Shroud might mean that determines its rejection by modern rationalists.
And yet the idea cleaves to me strangely, and is liable to stick to my shroud.
The skirt of her shroud hung like a wet weed in the falling torrent.Wilfrid Cumbermede
They are mere ghosts, their skeletons wrapped in a shroud of whitewash.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
Rauff speaks of a woman of Bohemia, who, in 1355, had eaten in her grave half her shroud.The Phantom World
Many women veil and shroud their heads in black as she does.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
- a garment or piece of cloth used to wrap a dead body
- anything that envelops like a garmenta shroud of mist
- a protective covering for a piece of equipment
- astronautics a streamlined protective covering used to protect the payload during a rocket-powered launch
- nautical one of a pattern of ropes or cables used to stay a mast
- any of a set of wire cables stretched between a smokestack or similar structure and the ground, to prevent side sway
- Also called: shroud line any of a set of lines running from the canopy of a parachute to the harness
- (tr) to wrap in a shroud
- (tr) to cover, envelop, or hide
- archaic to seek or give shelter
Word Origin and History for shroud
Old English scrud "a garment, clothing, dress," from West Germanic *skruthan, from Proto-Germanic *skrud- "cut" (cf. Old Norse skruð "shrouds of a ship, tackle, gear; furniture of a church," Danish, Swedish skrud "dress, attire"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut" (see shred (n.)).
Specific meaning "winding-sheet, cloth or sheet for burial," to which the word now is restricted, first attested 1560s. Sense of "strong rope supporting the mast of a ship" (mid-15c.) is from the notion of "clothing" a spar or mast; one without rigging was said to be naked.
c.1300, "to clothe, to cover, protect," from Old English scrydan, scridan "to clothe, dress;" see shroud (n.). Meaning "to hide from view, conceal" (transitive) is attested from early 15c. Related: Shrouded; shrouding.