a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
something that covers or conceals like a garment: a shroud of rain.
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.
Also called shroud line. Aeronautics. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
Also called shrouding. Machinery.
(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.
Rocketry. a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.
verb (used with object)
to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
to cover; hide from view.
to veil, as in obscurity or mystery: They shrouded their past lives in an effort to forget.
to provide (a water wheel) with a shroud.
Obsolete. to shelter.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to take shelter.

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

shroudless, adjective
shroudlike, adjective

1. winding sheet. 8. conceal, screen. Unabridged
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shroud (ʃraʊd)
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
8.  (tr) to wrap in a shroud
9.  (tr) to cover, envelop, or hide
10.  archaic to seek or give shelter
[Old English scrūd garment; related to Old Norse skrūth gear]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scrud "a garment, clothing," from W.Gmc. *skruthan, from P.Gmc. *skrud- "cut" (cf. O.N. skruð "shroud of a ship," Dan., Swed. skrud "dress, attire"), variant of *skreud- "to cut," related to O.E. screade (see shred). Meaning "cloth or sheet for burial" first attested
1570. The verb is attested from c.1300, originally "to clothe;" meaning "to hide from view, conceal" (trans.) is attested from 1412.
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