Cloud - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |klaʊd|  American pronunciation of the word cloud
Brit.  |klaʊd|  British pronunciation of the word cloud
- any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible
- a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
- out of touch with reality
- a cause of worry or gloom or trouble
- suspicion affecting your reputation
- a group of many things in the air or on the ground (syn: swarm)
- make overcast or cloudy (syn: overcast)
- make less visible or unclear (syn: becloud, befog, fog, mist, obscure)
- billow up in the form of a cloud
- make gloomy or depressed
- place under suspicion or cast doubt upon (syn: corrupt, defile, sully, taint)
- make less clear
- colour with streaks or blotches of different shades (syn: dapple, mottle)
- make milky or dull


The sun is shining and there's not a cloud in the sky.

It stopped raining and the sun poked through the clouds.

The team has been under a cloud since its members were caught cheating.

There's a cloud of controversy hanging over the election.

greed clouding the minds of men

These new ideas only cloud the issue further.

The final years of her life were clouded by illness.

The sky became dark with clouds and it began to rain heavily.

Clouds are commonly classified in four kinds, cirrus, cumulus, stratus, and nimbus.

The sky has clouded over, we shan't see the sun again today.

Mary's face clouded over when she heard the bad news about her mother's operation.

The windows have clouded over in the steam.

The backs were gilt or rather clouded with gold.

Dark clouds floated across the moon.

Heavy clouds had gathered over the summit of Mont Blanc.

Phrasal verbs

cloud over  — become covered with clouds
cloud up  — become covered with clouds

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cloud
he/she/it: clouds
present participle: clouding
past tense: clouded
past participle: clouded
singular: cloud
plural: clouds
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman