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Meaning of SHROUD

Pronunciation:  shrawd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
  2. [n]  a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
  3. [n]  a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute
  4. [v]  wrap in a shroud; of corpses
  5. [v]  cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
  6. [v]  form a cover like a shroud; "Mist shrouded the castle"

SHROUD is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: cerement, cover, enshroud, hide, mainsheet, pall, sheet, tack, weather sheet, winding-clothes, winding-sheet
 See Also: burial garment, chute, cover, enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, futtock shroud, line, parachute, ship, spread over, wrap, wrap up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shroud\ (shroud), n. [OE. shroud, shrud, schrud, AS.
    scr[=u]d a garment, clothing; akin to Icel. skru[eth] the
    shrouds of a ship, furniture of a church, a kind of stuff,
    Sw. skrud dress, attire, and E. shred. See {Shred}, and cf.
    1. That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a
       garment. --Piers Plowman.
             Swaddled, as new born, in sable shrouds. --Sandys.
    2. Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet. ``A
       dead man in his shroud.'' --Shak.
    3. That which covers or shelters like a shroud.
             Jura answers through her misty shroud. --Byron.
    4. A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or
       den; also, a vault or crypt. [Obs.]
             The shroud to which he won His fair-eyed oxen.
             A vault, or shroud, as under a church. --Withals.
    5. The branching top of a tree; foliage. [R.]
             The Assyrian wad a cedar in Lebanon, with fair
             branches and with a shadowing shroad. --Ezek. xxxi.
    6. pl. (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.
    7. (Mach.) One of the two annular plates at the periphery of
       a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a
       shroud plate.
    {Bowsprit shrouds} (Naut.), ropes extending from the head of
       the bowsprit to the sides of the vessel.
    {Futtock shrouds} (Naut.), iron rods connecting the topmast
       rigging with the lower rigging, passing over the edge of
       the top.
    {Shroud plate}.
       (a) (Naut.) An iron plate extending from the dead-eyes to
           the ship's side. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
       (b) (Mach.) A shroud. See def. 7, above.
  2. \Shroud\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shrouded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Shrouding}.] [Cf. AS. scr?dan. See {Shroud}, n.]
    1. 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.
    2. 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.         --Sir W.
             Some tempest rise, And blow out all the stars that
             light the skies, To shroud my shame.  --Dryden.
  3. \Shroud\, v. i.
    To take shelter or harbor. [Obs.]
          If your stray attendance be yet lodged, Or shroud
          within these limits.                     --Milton.
  4. \Shroud\, v. t.
    To lop. See {Shrood}. [Prov. Eng.]