verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- clotted cream,
- clotting factor,
- cloud banner,
- cloud base,
- cloud chamber,
- cloud computing,
- cloud cover
- in a condition of absent-mindedness; lost in reverie.
- impractical: Their schemes are usually up in the clouds.
Origin of cloud
Examples from the Web for cloud
An innovative gift is the Qardioarm, a blood pressure monitor that records readings and uploads them to the cloud.
The FSLN-controlled legislative assembly approved the mega-project under a cloud of secrecy in a record seven days.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eric lobbies for an industry of benign usefulness, non-partisan in nature, and over which no cloud of serious controversy looms.
Google, the Great Meddler in the Cloud, asks why we would resist strapping cameras and televisions to our heads.
That brings us back to the cloud system monitored by the Cassini mission between July 20 and 22.
I expect my arrival at the office will be the signal for a cloud of dust in which he will disappear, heading for the first train.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
The star of his genius mounted, without a cloud to obscure it, in the firmament of the Church.The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March|Sabine Baring-Gould
The cloud of blessing floats over our heads, but we fail to stretch forth the electric rod of prayer to fetch it down!The Hart and the Water-Brooks;|John R. Macduff
They tell me that vapours rise up from the land and lie above it like a cloud.The House Under the Sea|Sir Max Pemberton
He sent out a cloud of tobacco smoke and set back his shoulders.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
- under reproach or suspicion
- in a state of gloom or bad temper
Word Origin for cloud
Old English clud "mass of rock, hill," related to clod. Metaphoric extension to "raincloud, mass of evaporated water in the sky" is attested by c.1200 based on similarity of cumulus clouds and rock masses. The usual Old English word for "cloud" was weolcan. In Middle English, skie also originally meant "cloud."
The four fundamental types of cloud classification (cirrus, cumulus, stratus, nimbus) were proposed by British amateur meteorologist Luke Howard (1772-1864) in 1802. Figuratively, as something that casts a shadow, from early 15c.; hence under a cloud (c.1500). In the clouds "removed from earthly things; obscure, fanciful, unreal" is from 1640s. Cloud-compeller translates (poetically) Greek nephelegereta, a Homeric epithet of Zeus.
early 15c., "overspread with clouds, cover, darken," from cloud (n.). From 1510s as "to render dim or obscure;" 1590s as "to overspread with gloom." Intransitive sense of "become cloudy" is from 1560s. Related: Clouded; clouding.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cloud
- cloud over
- head in the clouds
- on cloud nine
- silver lining, every cloud has
- under a cloud