shroud

[shroud]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to take shelter.

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
Related formsshroud·less, adjectiveshroud·like, adjective

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shroud

noun

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

verb

(tr) to wrap in a shroud
(tr) to cover, envelop, or hide
archaic to seek or give shelter
Derived Formsshroudless, adjective

Word Origin for shroud

Old English scrūd garment; related to Old Norse skrūth gear
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Word Origin and History for shrouded

shroud

n.

Old English scrud "a garment, clothing, dress," from West Germanic *skruthan, from Proto-Germanic *skrud- "cut" (cf. Old Norse skruð "shrouds of a ship, tackle, gear; furniture of a church," Danish, Swedish skrud "dress, attire"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut" (see shred (n.)).

Specific meaning "winding-sheet, cloth or sheet for burial," to which the word now is restricted, first attested 1560s. Sense of "strong rope supporting the mast of a ship" (mid-15c.) is from the notion of "clothing" a spar or mast; one without rigging was said to be naked.

shroud

v.

c.1300, "to clothe, to cover, protect," from Old English scrydan, scridan "to clothe, dress;" see shroud (n.). Meaning "to hide from view, conceal" (transitive) is attested from early 15c. Related: Shrouded; shrouding.

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