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cloud  (kloud)
a. A visible body of very fine water droplets or ice particles suspended in the atmosphere at altitudes ranging up to several miles above sea level.
b. A mass, as of dust, smoke, or steam, suspended in the atmosphere or in outer space.
2. A large moving body of things in the air or on the ground; a swarm: a cloud of locusts.
3. Something that darkens or fills with gloom.
4. A dark region or blemish, as on a polished stone.
5. Something that obscures.
6. Suspicion or a charge affecting a reputation.
7. A collection of charged particles: an electron cloud.
v. cloud·ed, cloud·ing, clouds
1. To cover with or as if with clouds: Mist clouded the hills.
2. To make gloomy or troubled.
3. To obscure: cloud the issues.
4. To cast aspersions on; sully: Scandal clouded the officers reputation.
To become cloudy or overcast: The sky clouded over.
in the clouds
1. Imaginary; unreal; fanciful.
2. Impractical.

[Middle English, hill, cloud, from Old English cld, rock, hill.]

cloudless adj.

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