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 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’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness.
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|DAILY BEAST
“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|Oliver Jones|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Keith Phipps|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was midday, then, on the tropic seas, and the horizon was closing in with clouds as of blood and vapours of stifling heat.The Manxman|Hall Caine
Forty church steeples in one warnt nowhar to that ere pinnacle in the clouds.The Crest of the Continent|Ernest Ingersoll
Quecholli means 'peacock,' but the interpreter of the Codex Telleriano-Remensis calls it the 'serpent of the clouds.'The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft
The appointment was hardly made, when clouds of distrust began to roll over the spirit of Philip.
In the astral atmospheres of the spiritual man, there are no clouds, and fear is unknown.The Best Psychic Stories|Various
- 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