- a visible collection of particles of water or ice suspended in the air, usually at an elevation above the earth's surface.
- any similar mass, especially of smoke or dust.
- a dim or obscure area in something otherwise clear or transparent.
- a patch or spot differing in color from the surrounding surface.
- anything that obscures or darkens something, or causes gloom, trouble, suspicion, disgrace, etc.
- a great number of insects, birds, etc., flying together: a cloud of locusts obscuring the sun.
- Digital Technology. any of several, often proprietary, parts of the Internet that allow online processing and storage of documents and data as well as electronic access to software and other resources (usually preceded by the): More and more software companies are encouraging users to store their work in the cloud.
- of or relating to cloud computing: cloud software; cloud servers.
- relating to or doing business on the Internet: Google and other cloud companies.
- to overspread or cover with, or as with, a cloud or clouds: The smoke from the fire clouded the sun from view.
- to overshadow; obscure; darken: The hardships of war cloud his childhood memories.
- to make gloomy.
- (of distress, anxiety, etc.) to reveal itself in (a part of one's face): Worry clouded his brow.
- to make obscure or indistinct; confuse: Don't cloud the issue with unnecessary details.
- to place under suspicion, disgrace, etc.
- to variegate with patches of another color.
- in the clouds,
- in a condition of absent-mindedness; lost in reverie.
- impractical: Their schemes are usually up in the clouds.
- on a cloud, Informal. exceedingly happy; in high spirits: On the night of the prom the seniors were on a cloud.
- under a cloud, in disgrace; under suspicion: After going bankrupt he left town under a cloud.
Origin of cloud
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- a comedy (423 b.c.) by Aristophanes.
Examples from the Web for clouds
The garrulous assistant to a fading screen siren in Clouds of Sils Maria.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
Clouds are full of microbes; they have been found in deep mines and on the ocean floor.Why Did It Take So Long For Complex Life To Evolve On Earth? Blame Oxygen.
Matthew R. Francis
November 2, 2014
“The way those painting depicted light and clouds always just stuck with me,” says Senatori.How Airline Pilot and Instagram Star Adam Senatori Gets Perspective from 1,400 Feet
October 13, 2014
The premise comes and goes, however, and even the rest of “Clouds” focuses more on sensuality than sci-fi.Prince Returns From the Wilderness and, Thankfully, Is as Restless as Ever
October 1, 2014
The clouds are formed from the moisture present by the action of the sun's heat.
His eyes were turned the other way, and he sang to the clouds in the sky.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
There had been a warm day, and the trees were clouds of green and more bushes had blossomed.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
They were beyond the line of battle and were not obscured by the clouds of smoke.
Clouds, heavy and menacing, already shrouded the whole west.
- a mass of water or ice particles visible in the sky, usually white or grey, from which rain or snow falls when the particles coagulateSee also cirrus, cumulonimbus, cumulus, stratus
- any collection of particles visible in the air, esp of smoke or dust
- a large number of insects or other small animals in flight
- something that darkens, threatens, or carries gloom
- jewellery a cloudlike blemish in a transparent stone
- (modifier) of or relating to cloud computinga cloud application
- in the clouds not in contact with reality
- under a cloud
- under reproach or suspicion
- in a state of gloom or bad temper
- on cloud nine informal elated; very happy
- (when intr, often foll by over or up) to make or become cloudy, overcast, or indistinct
- (tr) to make obscure; darken
- (tr) to confuse or impairemotion clouded his judgment
- to make or become gloomy or depressed
- (tr) to place under or render liable to suspicion or disgrace
- to render (liquids) milky or dull or (of liquids) to become milky or dull
- to become or render mottled or variegated
Word Origin and History for clouds
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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with clouds
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