- (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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of shroud
Synonyms for shroud
Related Words for shroudedmurky, overcast, cloudy, hazy, fuzzy, foggy, secluded, covert, classified, undisclosed, private, undercover, mysterious, unknown, underground, furtive, hush-hush, obscure, unpublished, unnoticed
Examples from the Web for shrouded
Contemporary Examples of shrouded
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
Hortense has long been shrouded in mystery and critical contempt, in part because so little is known about her.Sight Unseen: Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife
November 19, 2014
To date, much of the details of the diplomacy and even the interim deal between Iran and the West are shrouded in secrecy.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama
November 6, 2014
Angleton is one of those people who will always be shrouded in mystery.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
The process for informing the Senate and House intelligence committees is often shrouded in secrecy.Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of shrouded
Then the door was shrouded by an ever-changing semicircle of curious observers.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Princess Mary's charming countenance was shrouded with a dull pallor.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
His face, shrouded in a high-growing, dust-coloured beard, invited no attention.The Market-Place
It is a point that I fear will always be shrouded in mystery.The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
They were shrouded in the fog which made the night heavy, opaque, and nauseous.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
Word Origin for shroud
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.
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.