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1a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial:he was buried in a linen shroud technical a protective casing or cover. 2a thing that envelops or obscures something:a shroud of mist they operate behind a shroud of secrecy 3
) 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.
verb [with object]
1wrap or dress (a body) in a shroud for burial. 2cover or envelop so as to conceal from view:mountains shrouded by cloud the mystery that shrouds the origins of the universe