Meaning of shroud

shroud




Are the rules of calculus shrouded in mystery to you? The verb shroud means to hide or cover something or someone. The fog might shroud the valley, or that long-sleeved, ankle-length dress might shroud the tan you worked so hard on in Mexico over Christmas break.

It used to be that corpses were dressed for burial not in person’s best outfit but in a shroud — a garment, often white, made to cover the body. When ghosts, zombies or mummies are depicted in rags, they are wearing the remains of their burial shrouds. If you should hide from them by covering yourself with an abandoned tarp, you will be shrouding yourself from sight.

Definitions of shroud
  1. noun

    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped

    synonyms:

    cerement, pall, winding-clothes, winding-sheet

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    type of:

    burial garment

    cloth used to cover a corpse in preparation for burial

  2. noun

    (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind

    synonyms:

    mainsheet, sheet, tack, weather sheet

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    types:

    futtock shroud

    shroud that is part of a ship’s rigging
    type of:

    line

    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

  3. noun

    a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute

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    type of:

    line

    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

  4. verb

    wrap in a shroud

    shroud the corpses”
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    type of:

    wrap, wrap up

    arrange or fold as a cover or protection

  5. verb

    cover as if with a shroud

    “The origins of this civilization are
    shrouded in mystery”
    synonyms:

    cover, enshroud, hide

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    type of:

    enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap

    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

  6. verb

    form a cover like a shroud

    “Mist
    shrouded the castle”
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    type of:

    cover, spread over

    form a cover over

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