- 1A visible mass of condensed watery vapour floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the general level of the ground: the sun had disappeared behind a cloud [mass noun]: the sky was almost free of cloudMore example sentences
- It collected in the atmosphere above cloud level and last night had spread across southern England and was heading towards the Channel
- As air rises, it cools, and its humidity begins condensing into clouds and precipitation.
- Flashes of lightning can illuminate entire clouds, making them visible from miles away.
- 1.1An indistinct or billowing mass, especially of smoke or dust: a cloud of dustMore example sentences
- All he could see was a cloud of dust and smoke rising from the devastated Stable Block.
- When I looked over the edge of the foxhole, the village was obscured by a cloud of dust and smoke.
- A cloud of smoke billowed up from the barrel of the pistol and the odor of gunpowder filled her nostrils.
- 1.2A large number of insects or birds moving together: clouds of orange butterfliesMore example sentences
- I remember this from childhood - great clouds of oversized winged insects, swarming up from the pavement cracks and the nooks and crannies in walls.
- A handful of shorebirds scampered among clouds of tiny insects and piles of seaweed.
- During the hot weather it's a pestilential place, populated by heavy clouds of biting insects.
- 1.3An opaque patch within a transparent substance.More example sentences
- However, within the boundary layer shallow clouds can form, particularly if the surface is moist.
- 2Used to refer to a state or cause of gloom, suspicion, trouble, or worry: the only cloud on the immediate horizon is raising a mortgage the dark clouds of a major recession a black cloud hung over their livesMore example sentences
- An enormous cloud of worries and troubles covered my weary heart.
- A dark cloud of suspicion hangs over his internment though.
- By July 2000 the dark clouds appeared to have parted for him.
- 2.1A frowning or depressed look: a cloud passed over Jessica’s faceMore example sentences
- He looks downcast, a frown passing like a cloud over his famously large forehead.
- And then the mood expires and it's like a cloud has passed over his face.
- She was looking into his face but he was sure it was not for that reason that a cloud passed over her expression.
- 3 (usually the cloud) Computing A network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers: there’s a rich, complex, shared data store in the cloud [as modifier]: once you are logged in to your cloud storage space, you can upload files to it and share them with othersMore example sentences
- But anybody who thinks the cloud is going to replace personal computers completely is welcome to put their PC in the bin.
- Yes, the cloud is giving a whole new meaning to "plug and play."
- Time will tell if VPC is the carrot that will lead security-conscious customers to the cloud or not.
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- 1 [no object] (Of the sky) become overcast or gloomy: the blue skies clouded over abruptlyMore example sentences
- The wind howled as the skies clouded over and threatened rain.
- As we grew closer the sky clouded over, the mist closed in, and it began to drizzle.
- The sky has clouded over almost entirely, the day has darkened.
- 1.1 [with object] Darken (the sky) with cloud: the western sky was still cloudedMore example sentences
- The night sky was a clouded one, blocking out all light from the moon.
- The sky above was now clouded and a light drizzle began to fall to the ground.
- The sky is overcast, clouded by dank mists of humidity thronging the volcanoes and mountains.
- 2Make or become less clear or transparent: [with object]: blood pumped out, clouding the water [no object]: her eyes clouded with tearsMore example sentences
- Barbara answered, tears clouding her clear green eyes.
- There were some splinters of wood in a glass case, the clear surface clouded with age.
- Before she was well on her feet, she was dashing for home, her vision clouded by tears as she fumbled along the road.
- 2.1 [with object] Make (a matter or mental process) unclear or uncertain: don’t allow your personal feelings to cloud your judgementMore example sentences
- His judgement could have been clouded by the alcohol he had drunk and he may have been so overwhelmed with pain that he took extra tablets.
- He admitted that his judgment had been clouded by drink.
- Meanwhile, toxic waste, agricultural pesticides and heavy metals continue to cloud our water supply.
- 2.2 [with object] Spoil (something): the general election was clouded by violenceMore example sentences
- However, instead of clouding my love of James Cook, unpeeling the onion layers of George's life and his own discoveries added a vital new angle to the traditional Cook story.
- She demonstrates how this colossal structure of deceit clouds the historical record.
- The incident clouds their enjoyment of the party, because her mother becomes quiet and distant.
- 3 [no object] (Of someone’s face or eyes) show an emotion such as worry, sorrow, or anger: his expression clouded overMore example sentences
- His eyes clouded over in anger, as his own words were thrown back at him.
- Gregory's face clouded over with anger and he moved to the seat across from her and looked at her.
- He looked at himself in the mirror, still brooding, eyes clouded over with anger and hatred.
- 3.1 [with object] (Of an emotion such as worry, sorrow, or anger) show in (someone’s face): suspicion clouded her faceMore example sentences
- Emotion clouded his face as he hastily made his exit.
- A mixed flash of anger and fear and apprehension clouded his face.
- Alexander did leave this time, a mixture of anger, fear and anxiety clouding his clean-shaven face.
every cloud has a silver lining
- see silver.
in the clouds
- Out of touch with reality: this clergyman was in the cloudsMore example sentences
- As much as she wanted to order her head to look at reality, it still seemed to want to walk around in the clouds sometimes.
- He's either way up in the clouds or way down in the gutter.
- The Commissioner hasn't his head in the clouds about the perceived romantic side to organic production.
on cloud nine (or seven)
- Extremely happy: I was on cloud nine once I had completed it[with reference to a ten-part classification of clouds in which ‘nine’ was next to the highest]More example sentences
ecstatic, rapturous, joyful, elated, blissful, joyous, beatific, euphoric, enraptured, in seventh heaven, transported, in transports, in raptures, beside oneself with joy/happiness, rhapsodic, ravished, enchanted, delighted, thrilled, overjoyed, very happy• informal over the moon, on top of the world, walking on air, blissed outAustralian • informal wrapped
- Now I knew why he was so happy upon my entering, he was on cloud nine, and was ecstatic to have someone to share it with.
- To play for the school team at cricket and football put me on cloud nine.
- She was on cloud nine when she came home that evening,’ says her father.
under a cloud
- Under suspicion or discredited: he left under something of a cloud, accused of misappropriating fundsMore example sentences
in disgrace, disgraced, discredited, shamed
- MPs were now under a cloud of suspicion, and the public could be forgiven for thinking the scandal involved them all.
- The fact that the whole industry is under a cloud of suspicion hasn't helped either.
- He mixes easily with criminals, and suspicions abound that he was a bent copper who left under a cloud.
with one's head in the clouds
- (Of a person) out of touch with reality; daydreaming: he’s always got his head in the cloudsMore example sentences
- After all, a man with responsibilities can't walk around with his head in the clouds all the time.
- You've been wandering around with your head in the clouds for almost a month, you look like you're sleepwalking most of the time.
- Jane ignored him, ‘You're always wandering around with your head in the clouds, aren't you Peter?
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- It was another warm and cloudless late summer's day in New York, a day that in any other circumstances would be called perfect.
- On a warm, cloudless day, the team climbed above advance base camp for a closer look at the route.
- Sunday, though a little cold, was bright, sunny and almost cloudless.
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- Ice cracked on a nearby tree, sending a flock of doves flying into the cloudlessly blue sky.
- The sky is so cloudlessly blue, the air so dry, that you can't believe how long the shadows are.
- The sky was cloudlessly blue and I imagined that I could taste the sea salt on the breeze.
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- The supernova generated a propagating shock wave, that continues to move rapidly through the low-density bubble interior, and shocks these cloudlets, shredding them fiercely.
- Puffs of chalk dust are represented by cloudlets of white spray paint in one drawing on graph paper from the late 1960s.
- City lights sprawled below, growing brighter and dimmer sporadically as the pod passed through low level cloudlets.