American English

Definition of cloud noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a gray or white mass made of very small drops of water, that floats in the sky The sun went behind a cloud. It was scorching and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The plane was flying in cloud most of the way. Topic CollocationsThe Weathergood weather be bathed in/bask in/be blessed with/enjoy bright/brilliant/glorious sunshine the sun shines/warms something/beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/streams through something fluffy/wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/light/stiff/cool/warm breeze blows in/comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/under somebody's feet/bootsbad weather thick/dark/storm clouds form/gather/roll in/cover the sky/block out the sun the sky darkens/turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/heavy/thick fog rolls in the rain falls/comes down (in buckets/sheets)/pours down snow falls/comes down/covers something/blankets something the wind blows/whistles/howls/picks up/whips through something/sweeps across something strong/gale-force winds blow/gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/is moving inland/hits/strikes/rages thunder rolls/rumbles/sounds (forked/sheet) lightning strikes/hits/flashes a (blinding/snow) blizzard hits/strikes/blows/rages a tornado touches down/hits/strikes/destroys something/rips through something forecast/expect/predict rain/snow/a category-four hurricane rain pours (down) get caught in/seek shelter from/escape the rain be covered/shrouded in mist/a blanket of fog be in for/brave/shelter from a/the storm hear rolling/distant thunder be battered/buffeted by strong winds battle against/brave the elementsthe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/clear the rain stops/lets up/holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/fog lifts/clears see also storm cloud, thundercloud
  2. 2[countable] a large mass of something in the air, for example dust or smoke, or a number of insects flying all together
  3. 3[countable] something that makes you feel sad or anxious Her father's illness cast a cloud over her wedding day. The only dark cloud on the horizon was that they might have to move. He still has a cloud of suspicion hanging over him.
  4. Idioms
    every cloud has a silver lining (saying)
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    every sad or difficult situation has a positive side
      have your head in the clouds
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    1. 1to be thinking about something that is not connected with what you are doing
    2. 2to have ideas, plans, etc. that are not realistic
    on cloud nine (informal)
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    extremely happy
    under a cloud
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    if someone is under a cloud, other people think that they have done something wrong and are suspicious of them She resigned under a cloud.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cloud