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shroud

[shroud] /ʃraʊd/
noun
1.
a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
2.
something that covers or conceals like a garment:
a shroud of rain.
3.
Nautical. any of a number of taut ropes or wires converging from both sides on the head of a lower or upper mast of the outer end of a bowsprit to steady it against lateral sway: a part of the standing rigging.
4.
Also called shroud line. Aeronautics. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
5.
Also called shrouding. Machinery.
  1. (on a nonmetallic gear) an extended metal rim enclosing the ends of the teeth on either side.
  2. (on a water wheel) one of two rings of boards or plates enclosing the buckets at their ends.
6.
Rocketry. a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.
verb (used with object)
7.
to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
8.
to cover; hide from view.
9.
to veil, as in obscurity or mystery:
They shrouded their past lives in an effort to forget.
10.
to provide (a water wheel) with a shroud.
11.
Obsolete. to shelter.
verb (used without object)
12.
Archaic. to take shelter.
Origin
1000
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 forms
shroudless, adjective
shroudlike, adjective
Synonyms
1. winding sheet. 8. conceal, screen.
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British Dictionary definitions for shrouded

shroud

/ʃraʊd/
noun
1.
a garment or piece of cloth used to wrap a dead body
2.
anything that envelops like a garment: a shroud of mist
3.
a protective covering for a piece of equipment
4.
(astronautics) a streamlined protective covering used to protect the payload during a rocket-powered launch
5.
(nautical) one of a pattern of ropes or cables used to stay a mast
6.
any of a set of wire cables stretched between a smokestack or similar structure and the ground, to prevent side sway
7.
Also called shroud line. any of a set of lines running from the canopy of a parachute to the harness
verb
8.
(transitive) to wrap in a shroud
9.
(transitive) to cover, envelop, or hide
10.
(archaic) to seek or give shelter
Derived Forms
shroudless, adjective
Word Origin
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.

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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