verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- in a condition of absent-mindedness; lost in reverie.
- impractical: Their schemes are usually up in the clouds.
Origin of cloud
Synonyms for cloud
Related Words for cloudgloom, vapor, darkness, fog, smoke, puff, smog, mist, veil, steam, shower, swarm, dim, darken, overshadow, eclipse, blur, perplex, puzzle, muddle
Examples from the Web for cloud
Contemporary Examples of cloud
An innovative gift is the Qardioarm, a blood pressure monitor that records readings and uploads them to the cloud.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
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
November 30, 2014
Eric lobbies for an industry of benign usefulness, non-partisan in nature, and over which no cloud of serious controversy looms.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
Google, the Great Meddler in the Cloud, asks why we would resist strapping cameras and televisions to our heads.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
That brings us back to the cloud system monitored by the Cassini mission between July 20 and 22.A Cloud Forms Over Saturn’s Mysterious Moon
Matthew R. Francis
August 17, 2014
Historical Examples of cloud
I wanted you to see the last of that town under a cloud, so you might not be homesick so soon.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He it is, too, that leaps from cloud to cloud amid the crashing thunder-storm.Fire Worship (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
For days a cloud hung over the fair image of Hester in his mind.
There was indeed a sun that nothing could cloud, but it seemed to shine far away.
He whirled about in his swivel chair, and blew a cloud of smoke from his mouth.Within the Law
- 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