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Meaning of shroud

shroud

Pronunciation: (shroud), [key]
— n.
  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. 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 calledany of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
  5. Also called
    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. a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.
—v.t.
  1. to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
  2. to cover; hide from view.
  3. to veil, as in obscurity or mystery: They shrouded their past lives in an effort to forget.
  4. to provide (a water wheel) with a shroud.
  5. to shelter.
—v.i.
  1. to take shelter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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