cloud Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"cloud" in British English

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uk   us   /klaʊd/

cloud noun (IN SKY)

A2 [C] (UK also cloud [U]) a ​grey or ​whitemass in the ​sky, made up of very ​smallfloatingdrops of ​water: Do you ​think those are rain clouds on the ​horizon? The ​sky was a ​perfectblue - not a cloud in ​sight. Dark clouds ​massed on the ​horizon.UK There was so much cloud, we couldn't ​see anything.
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cloud noun (MASS)

B2 [C] a ​mass of something such as ​dust or ​smoke that ​looks like a cloud: On the ​easternhorizon, a ​huge cloud ofsmoke from ​burningoiltanksstretchedacross the ​sky. The ​initial cloud ofteargas had ​hardlycleared before ​shots were ​fired.

cloud noun (COMPUTING)

the cloud [S] a ​computernetwork where ​files and ​programs can be ​stored, ​especially the internet: All the ​photographs are ​kept on the cloud ​rather than on hard ​drives.


uk   us   /klaʊd/
[I or T] If something ​transparent clouds, or if something clouds it, it ​becomesdifficult to ​see through.C2 [T] to make someone ​confused, or make something more ​difficult to ​understand: When it came to ​explaining the ​lipstick on his ​collar, he ​found that ​drink had clouded (= ​confused) his memory.
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(Definition of cloud from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cloud" in American English

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cloudnoun [C/U]

 us   /klɑʊd/
a ​white or ​graymass of very ​smalldrops of ​water or ​ice that ​float in the ​sky: [C] Those ​dark clouds ​look like we’re going to get some ​rain. A cloud is also a ​mass of something, such as ​dust or ​smoke, that moves together: The ​distant cloud of ​dust in the ​valleyannounced the ​approach of a ​car. A cloud is also something which ​causessadness or ​fear: [C] After the ​diagnosis of ​cancer, she ​lived under a cloud.

cloudverb [T]

 us   /klɑʊd/
to ​fill with clouds or with something that ​looks like a cloud: [T] Smoke clouded the ​sky. If something clouds a ​situation or ​feeling, it makes it less ​clear: The ​fact that Jack was an ​oldfriend clouded her ​judgment.
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(Definition of cloud from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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