• WordNet 3.6
    • v shroud wrap in a shroud "shroud the corpses"
    • v shroud cover as if with a shroud "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
    • v shroud form a cover like a shroud "Mist shrouded the castle"
    • n shroud burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
    • n shroud (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
    • n shroud a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Shroud of Turin is the single most studied artifact in human history
    • Shroud A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt. "The shroud to which he won
      His fair-eyed oxen."
      "A vault, or shroud , as under a church."
    • Shroud (Naut) A set of ropes serving as stays to support the masts. The lower shrouds are secured to the sides of vessels by heavy iron bolts and are passed around the head of the lower masts.
    • Shroud Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet. "A dead man in his shroud ."
    • Shroud (Mach) One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.
    • Shroud That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment. "Swaddled, as new born, in sable shrouds ."
    • Shroud That which covers or shelters like a shroud. "Jura answers through her misty shroud ."
    • Shroud The branching top of a tree; foliage. "The Assyrian wad a cedar in Lebanon, with fair branches and with a shadowing shroad ."
    • Shroud To cover with a shroud; especially, to inclose in a winding sheet; to dress for the grave. "The ancient Egyptian mummies were shrouded in a number of folds of linen besmeared with gums."
    • Shroud To cover, as with a shroud; to protect completely; to cover so as to conceal; to hide; to veil. "One of these trees, with all his young ones, may shroud four hundred horsemen.""Some tempest rise,
      And blow out all the stars that light the skies,
      To shroud my shame."
    • v. t Shroud To lop. See Shrood.
    • v. i Shroud To take shelter or harbor. "If your stray attendance be yet lodged,
      Or shroud within these limits."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shroud A garment; a covering of the nature of a garment; something which envelops and conceals; clothing.
    • n shroud A winding-sheet; a piece of linen or other cloth in which a dead body is enveloped; hence, by extension, a garment for the dead, as a long white robe or gown, prepared expressly for the burial.
    • n shroud Protection.
    • n shroud A place of shelter; covert; retreat.
    • n shroud A place under ground, as the burrow of an animal, a vault, the crypt of a church, etc.: sometimes in the plural, used collectively as a singular.
    • n shroud One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water-wheel which form the sides of the buckets.
    • shroud To cover as with a garment or veil; especially, to clothe (a dead body) for burial.
    • shroud To clothe one's self in; put on.
    • shroud To cover or deck as with a garment; overspread; inclose; envelop.
    • shroud To cover so as to disguise or conceal; veil; obscure.
    • shroud To shelter; screen; hide.
    • shroud To put one's self under cover; take shelter.
    • shroud To gather together, as beasts do for warmth.
    • n shroud One of a set of strong ropes extending from a ship's mastheads to each side of the ship to support the mast. The shrouds of the lower masts and topmasts are generally spoken of as rigging: as, the fore-, main-, or mizzen- rigging. The topmast shrouds extend from the topmast-heads'to the top-rims. The topgallant-shrouds extend from the topgallantmast-heads to the outer ends of the topmast-cross-trees, and frequently thence to the tops. The bowspritshrouds support the bowsprit on both sides. The futtock-shrouds, to which the lower ends of the topmast- and topgallant shrouds are secured, extend from the outer rims of the tops and crosstrees to a spider-band round the lower mast or topmast. The lower ends of the fore-, main-, and mizzen-shrouds are set up to chain-plates bolted to the side of the ship. See cuts under channeland ship.
    • shroud To lop the branches from; trim, as a tree.
    • n shroud A cutting, as of a tree or plant; a slip.
    • n shroud A bough; a branch; hence, collectively, the branching top or foliage of a tree.
    • n shroud In machinery: A rim or flange cast on the ends of the teeth of a gear-wheel, so that they appear to be formed entirely or partly in the solid periphery of the wheel. If the flange or shroud extends radially to the tips of the teeth, the term full or whole shrouding is used; if the flange extends only to the pitch-line, half-shrouding is applied to it. Two wheels in gear may both be half shrouded if of the same width of face; if one is cast with a full shroud, the gear meshing with it cannot have any; or if not of the same width of face, the narrower one cannot have any. The shroud is to give increased strength to the teeth and diminish the danger of breaking. It is particularly serviceable for gears of large circular pitch and small diameter, giving an increase of strength of nearly 50 per cent.
    • n shroud In an undershot wheel, the cylindrical surface at the inner circumference or bottom of the bucket.
    • n shroud The name given to the legendary portrait of Christ which is supposed to have been imprinted on the shroud in which he was wrapped in the tomb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shroud shrowd the dress of the dead, a winding-sheet: that which clothes or covers: any underground hole, a vault, burrow, &c.:
    • v.t Shroud to enclose in a shroud: to cover: to hide: to shelter
    • v.i Shroud to take shelter
    • v.t Shroud shrowd (prov.) to lop the branches from, as a tree
    • n Shroud a cutting, a bough or branch, the foliage of a tree
    • n Shroud shrowd (pl.) a set of ropes from the mast-heads to a ship's sides, to support the masts
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  • Lord Byron
    “I stood among them, but not of them; in a shroud of thoughts which were not their thoughts.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “No matter how deep and dark your pit, how dank your shroud, their heads are heroically unbloody and unbowed.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.”
  • Donald Blum
    Donald Blum
    “Time is all around in shrouds of endless goals, fast for happy hearts and slow for tortured souls”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shroud, shrud, schrud, AS. scrūd, a garment, clothing; akin to Icel. skruð, the shrouds of a ship, furniture of a church, a kind of stuff, Sw. skrud, dress, attire, and E. shred,. See Shred, and cf. Shrood
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scrúd; Ice. skrúdh, clothing.


In literature:

It is a point that I fear will always be shrouded in mystery.
"The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use" by Henry Saint-George
There was great solemnity among the shrouded figures as the chums stood in their midst.
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson
Directly the wild uproar died nearly altogether away, and intense darkness shrouded the skies and earth in its folds.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 6 June 1848" by Various
Fair and beautiful, shrouded with clouded areas.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Then Carter for just a moment removed the black shroud from her face.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
To the girls' distorted fancy they seemed to be shrouded human forms.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
A bluish mist seemed to steal out of the forest and shroud the house.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The warder he shook, and the warder grew pale, And gladly the shroud would have yielded!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
The most beautiful are used as shrouds, and are buried with their owners.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
The blush left her face pale as snow, and she shrouded her eyes with one hand, as if to shut me and my flowers out from her sight.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens

In poetry:

Peace to the dead! The forest weaves,
Around your couch, its shroud of leaves;
While shadows dim and silence deep,
Bespeak the quiet of your sleep.
"Inscription For A Rural Cemetery" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
FROM the creeping deep darkness dim
Far shadows of sunset brood
From the shroud of hill and tree
To the wash of the ocean-brim;
And a broken solitude
"Looking Southward" by E J Rupert Atkinson
If his shroud were but a cloud
To weep itself away;
Or were he buried underground
To sprout some day!
But dead and gone is dead and gone
Vainly wept upon.
"Dead Hope" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
So, in her shrouded beauty cold,
Yield to the earth its own,
Assured that Heaven will guard the trust,
Of that which may not turn to dust,
But dwells beside the Throne.
"Mrs. Morris Collins," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Through the dim veil of evening's dusky shade,
Near some lone fane, or yew's funereal green,
What dreary forms has magic Fear survey'd!
What shrouded spectres Superstition seen!
"Elegy IV. Ophilia's Urn. To Mr. Graves" by William Shenstone
LOVE was true to me,
True and tender;
I who ought to be
Love's defender, Let the cold winds blow
Till they chilled him; Let the winds and snow Shroud him—and I know
That I killed him.
"Love Was True To Me" by John Boyle O Reilly

In news:

Making my way through a shroud of darkness, I managed to make it to the top of the basement stairs and suddenly became concerned about the whereabouts of the 'old beagle '.
INTERVIEWS Lana Del Rey Shrouds ' Bel Air' in Smoke.
Release Your Shrouds Earth Works.
Fog shrouds the normally busy cranes at the APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
Air Force's X-37B 'mini-shuttle' shrouded in secrecy.
Two years ago I co-hosted a wonderful pilgrimage focusing on a Shroud of Turin exhibit.
From The Albany Times-Union: A massive building is rising at the University at Albany 's nanotech complex amid a shroud of secrecy.
A fog-shrouded, fiery collision between a pair of semi tractor-trailer rigs early Monday morning south of Emmetsburg claimed the life of one truck driver.
Still, the Redskins (7-6), who have won four straight to move a game behind the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East, are trying their best to keep Griffin 's status shrouded in mystery.
Democrats Pull Shroud Over Fed Subpoenas.
Shrouds Illuminated at the LAB and Garage.
How these particles came to be is shrouded in mystery, but we do know it'll be good.
But her homecoming is shrouded in mystery, as DNA tests reveal she may not be exactly who she says she is.
The architectural profession is shrouded in mystery.
Polaris on the cap shroud.

In science:

The redder sources are intrinsically similar to the warmer stars, but are enveloped in a thick shroud of dust.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
Type IIn events as Type Ia thermonuclear explosions shrouded by a substantial layer of circumstellar material.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
With the availability of integral-field spectroscopy (IFS) in the near infrared (IR) the gas as well as the stars can be mapped in two dimensions even in dust-shrouded galaxy centers, like Cen A.
The central parsecs of Centaurus A: High Excitation Gas, a Molecular Disk, and the Mass of the Black Hole
The central ob ject is now shrouded by a large amount of dense absorbing gas and hot and cold dust which makes observations at optical and UV wavelengths difficult.
3D modelling of the colliding winds in Eta Carinae - evidence for radiative inhibition
Gravity may be the one force of nature we are intuitively most familiar with, but its theoretical understanding – despite the beauty of general relativity and string theory – is still shrouded in surprisingly many layers of mystery.
General Covariance in Gravity at a Lifshitz Point