- 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 shrouded
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
Hortense has long been shrouded in mystery and critical contempt, in part because so little is known about her.Sight Unseen: Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife
November 19, 2014
To date, much of the details of the diplomacy and even the interim deal between Iran and the West are shrouded in secrecy.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama
November 6, 2014
Angleton is one of those people who will always be shrouded in mystery.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
The process for informing the Senate and House intelligence committees is often shrouded in secrecy.Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program
October 10, 2014
Then the door was shrouded by an ever-changing semicircle of curious observers.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Princess Mary's charming countenance was shrouded with a dull pallor.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
His face, shrouded in a high-growing, dust-coloured beard, invited no attention.The Market-Place
It is a point that I fear will always be shrouded in mystery.The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
They were shrouded in the fog which made the night heavy, opaque, and nauseous.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
- 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 shrouded
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.