Shroud definition

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Any of the set of lines from the canopy of a parachute to the harness.
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Something that covers, protects, or screens; veil; shelter.
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Any of a set of ropes or wires stretched from a ship's side to a masthead to offset lateral strain on the mast.
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A cloth used to wrap a body for burial; a winding sheet.
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Something that conceals, protects, or screens.

Under a shroud of fog.

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(archaic) To shelter; protect.
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A cloth used to wrap a corpse for burial; winding sheet.
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To hide from view; cover; screen.
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(archaic) To shelter and protect.
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(archaic) To take shelter.
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To wrap (a corpse) in burial clothing.
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To wrap (a corpse) in a shroud.
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The definition of a shroud is a veil or a cloth used to wrap a body for burial.

An example of a shroud is the large, sheet-like piece of cloth which was believed to have been used to wrap Jesus.

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To shroud is to wrap someone in special burial clothing or to conceal something from view.

When you cover a person in special burial clothing, this is an example of a situation where you shroud the person.

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(nautical) One of a set of ropes or wire cables stretched from the masthead to the sides of a vessel to support the mast.
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A similar supporting line for a smokestack or comparable structure.
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One of the ropes connecting the harness and canopy of a parachute.
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To envelop and obscure or shut off from sight.

Fog shrouded the city.

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To envelop or be associated with and make difficult to understand.
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To take cover; find shelter.
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That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.
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Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet.
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That which covers or shelters like a shroud.
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A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt.
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The branching top of a tree; foliage.

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(nautical) A rope or cable serving to support the mast sideways.
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One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.
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To cover with a shroud.
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To conceal or hide from view, as if by a shroud.

The details of the plot were shrouded in mystery.

The truth behind their weekend retreat was shrouded in obscurity.

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To take shelter or harbour.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shroud
Plural:
shrouds

Origin of shroud

  • Middle English schrud garment from Old English scrūd

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English scrÅ«d, cognate with Old Norse skrúð (“the shrouds of a ship") (> Danish, Norwegian skrud (“splendid attire")).

    From Wiktionary