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shroud / shroud/ • n. 1. a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial: he was buried in a linen shroud. ∎ fig. a thing that envelops or obscures something: a shroud of mist they operate behind a shroud of secrecy. ∎  technical a protective casing or cover. 2. (shrouds) a set of ropes forming part of the standing rigging of a sailing vessel and supporting the mast from the sides. ∎  (also shroud line) each of the lines joining the canopy of a parachute to the harness. • v. [tr.] wrap or dress (a body) in a shroud for burial. ∎ fig. cover or envelop so as to conceal from view: mountains shrouded by cloud the mystery that shrouds the origins of the universe.

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shroud
A. †garment OE.; winding-sheet; veil, screen XVI;

B. †place of shelter XIV; (pl.) crypt, vault XVI;

C. (pl.) ship's ropes leading from a mast-head XV. OE. sċrūd, corr. to ON. skrùð and skrùði fittings, gear, ornaments, apparel, furniture, textile fabric, f. Gmc. *skrūð- *skreuð- cut.
Hence shroud vb. †clothe; cover, screen XIII.

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shroudaloud, becloud, cloud, crowd, enshroud, loud, Macleod, proud, shroud, Stroud, unavowed, unbowed, unendowed, unploughed (US unplowed) •thundercloud

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