Definition of cloud noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klaʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaʊd//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a grey 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. 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/​sea 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 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 (North American English) pour (down)/ (British English) pour (down) with rain 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 (British English) be blowing a gale 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 See related entries: Sky
  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 house. He still has a cloud of suspicion hanging over him.
  4. 4the cloud [singular] a network of servers (= computers that control or supply information to other computers) on which data and software can be stored or managed and to which users have access over the Internet Key company documents are now stored in the cloud, so you no longer need to save them to your computer’s hard drive.
  5. Word OriginOld English clūd ‘mass of rock or earth’; probably related to clot. Sense (1) dates from Middle English.Extra examples Dark clouds were gathering in the west. Rain clouds were looming on the horizon. She could see the sun through the clouds. The cloud cover is quite dense today. The clouds broke a little, and the sun came out. The wind blew across the beach, forming clouds of sand. Thick cloud hung over the moor. We were flying above the clouds. White clouds scudded across the sky. a great cloud of black smoke a layer of high cloud a thick cloud of steam skies of broken cloud the mushroom cloud from a nuclear bomb Above the mountains storm clouds were gathering. It was scorching and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The sky turned dark as a great cloud of locusts blocked out the sun. They watched the car disappearing in a cloud of dust.Idioms
    every cloud has a silver lining
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    (saying) every sad or difficult situation has a positive side See related entries: Happiness
      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
    (old-fashioned, informal) extremely happy if somebody 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 American Dictionary entry: cloud