Idioms

Origin of cloud

before 900; Middle English; Old English clūd rock, hill; probably akin to clod

Related forms

cloud·like, adjectivein·ter·cloud, verb (used with object)

Synonym study

19. Cloud, fog, haze, mist differ somewhat in their figurative uses. Cloud connotes especially daydreaming: His mind is in the clouds. Fog and haze connote especially bewilderment or confusion: to go around in a fog ( haze ). Mist has an emotional connotation and suggests tears: a mist in one's eyes.

Definition for clouds (2 of 2)

Clouds, The


noun

a comedy (423 b.c.) by Aristophanes.
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British Dictionary definitions for clouds

cloud

/ (klaʊd) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

cloudless, adjectivecloudlessly, adverbcloudlessness, nouncloudlike, adjective

Word Origin for cloud

C13 (in the sense: a mass of vapour): from Old English clūd rock, hill; probably related to clod
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Science definitions for clouds

cloud

[ kloud ]

A visible body of very fine water droplets or ice particles suspended in the atmosphere at altitudes ranging up to several miles above sea level. Clouds are formed when air that contains water vapor cools below the dew point.
A distinguishable mass of particles or gas, such as the collection of gases and dust in a nebula.
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Culture definitions for clouds

clouds


Particles of water or ice suspended in the air. (See cirrus clouds, cumulus clouds, nimbus clouds, and stratus clouds.)

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Idioms and Phrases with clouds

cloud


In addition to the idioms beginning with cloud

  • cloud over

also see:

  • head in the clouds
  • on cloud nine
  • silver lining, every cloud has
  • under a cloud
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