[ shroud ]
/ ʃraʊd /
a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
something that covers or conceals like a garment: a shroud of rain.
Nautical. any of a number of taut ropes or wires converging from both sides on the head of a lower or upper mast of the outer end of a bowsprit to steady it against lateral sway: a part of the standing rigging.
Also called shroud line. Aeronautics. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
Also called shroud·ing. Machinery.
- (on a nonmetallic gear) an extended metal rim enclosing the ends of the teeth on either side.
- (on a water wheel) one of two rings of boards or plates enclosing the buckets at their ends.
Rocketry. a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.
verb (used with object)
to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
to cover; hide from view.
to veil, as in obscurity or mystery: They shrouded their past lives in an effort to forget.
to provide (a water wheel) with a shroud.
Obsolete. to shelter.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to take shelter.
Words nearby shroud
Origin of shroud
before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English scrūd; cognate with Old Norse skrūth; akin to shred; (v.) Middle English shrouden, derivative of the noun; replacing Middle English shriden, Old English scrȳdan, derivative of scrūd
OTHER WORDS FROM shroudshroud·less, adjectiveshroud·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shroud-line
/ (ʃraʊd) /
a garment or piece of cloth used to wrap a dead body
anything that envelops like a garmenta shroud of mist
a protective covering for a piece of equipment
astronautics a streamlined protective covering used to protect the payload during a rocket-powered launch
nautical one of a pattern of ropes or cables used to stay a mast
any of a set of wire cables stretched between a smokestack or similar structure and the ground, to prevent side sway
Also called: shroud line any of a set of lines running from the canopy of a parachute to the harness
(tr) to wrap in a shroud
(tr) to cover, envelop, or hide
archaic to seek or give shelter
Derived forms of shroudshroudless, adjective
Word Origin for shroud
Old English scrūd garment; related to Old Norse skrūth gear
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