cloud

/klaʊd / (say klowd)

noun
1. a visible collection of particles of water or ice suspended in the air, usually at an elevation above the earth's surface.
2. any similar mass, especially of smoke or dust.
3. a dim or obscure area in something otherwise clear or transparent.
4. Obsolete a patch or spot, differing in colour from the surrounding surface.
5. anything that obscures, darkens, or causes gloom, trouble, suspicion, disgrace, etc.
6. a great number of insects, birds, etc., flying together: a cloud of locusts.
7. a multitude; a crowd.
adjective
8. of or relating to clouds: cloud cover; cloud chart.
9. of, relating to, or employing cloud computing: cloud storage; cloud templates.
verb (t)
10. to overspread or cover with, or as with, a cloud or clouds.
11. to overshadow; obscure; darken.
12. to make gloomy.
13. to place under suspicion, disgrace, etc.: to cloud someone's reputation.
14. to variegate with patches of another colour.
verb (i)
15. to grow cloudy; become clouded.
phrase
16. a (black) cloud over, an adverse condition, suspicion, etc., relating to: there has been a black cloud over the project since May.
17. cloud over, to become cloudy and dull.
18. have one's head in the clouds, to be divorced from reality; be in a dreamlike state.
19. in the clouds,
a. imaginary; unreal.
b. impractical.
20. on cloud nine, in a state of bliss. {Phrase Origin: US (1960s); originally cloud seven, perhaps an allusion to `seventh heaven'}
21. the cloud, Computers the software resources and other services, particularly storage,  made available through the internet or other network. See cloud computing.
22. under a cloud,
a. under suspicion.
b. in doubt: *The latest figures on business investment spending appear to have put some federal Budget forecasts under a cloud. –abc online, 2004.
{Middle English cloud(e) a mass of vapour, Old English clūd rock, hill}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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