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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb shroud:

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Definition of the noun shroud

What does shroud mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shrouds

  1. a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: line = something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    • part of: chute / parachute = rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
  2. (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
  3. burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped

Alternative definition of the noun shroud


  1. That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.
  2. Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet.
  3. That which covers or shelters like a shroud.
  4. A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt.
  5. The branching top of a tree; foliage.
  6. [nautical] A rope or cable serving to support the mast sideways.
  7. One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.

Definition of the verb shroud

What does shroud mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shrouded | shrouding | shrouds

  1. cover as if with a shroud
    • examples: The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery | The wind storms shroud the area with dust and dirt
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of shroud: cover / enshroud / hide
    • more generic words: enclose / enfold / envelop / enwrap / wrap = enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  2. form a cover like a shroud
  3. wrap in a shroud
    • example: shroud the corpses
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: wrap / wrap up = arrange or fold as a cover or protection


  1. The Shroud is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. He first appeared in Super-Villain Team-Up #5, and was created by Steve Englehart and Herb Trimpe.
  2. Shroud is a fictional character from the TV program Kamen Rider W.
    • also known as Shuraudo


"Shroud" is a book written by John Banville.

  • also known as 裹屍布
  • released in (13 years ago)


  1. "Shroud" is a 2013 Telly Award winning film.
  2. "Shroud" is a 2013 short animated film directed by Tamás Tóth.
    • country: Hungary
    • genre: Animation
    • released in


  1. Shroud usually refers to an item, such as a cloth, that covers or protects some other object. The term is most often used in reference to burial sheets, mound shroud, grave clothes, winding-cloths or winding-sheets, such as the famous Shroud of Turin or Tachrichim that Jews are dressed in for burial. Traditionally, mound shrouds are made of white cotton, wool or linen, though any material can be used so long as it is made of natural fibre. Intermixture of two or more such fibres is forbidden, a proscription that ultimately derives from the Torah, viz., Deut. 22:11.
    • also known as 寿衣
  2. Shroud: On a sailboat, the shrouds are pieces of standing rigging which hold the mast up from side to side. There is frequently more than one shroud on each side of the boat.

Phrases with shroud

  1. Barrel Shroud
  2. futtock shroud

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for shroud

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Google previewThe Truth About the Shroud of Turin (2010)

Solving the Mystery by Robert Wilcox

Perhaps the shroud is a last attempt by God—or whatever one thinks rules the universe—to show us that the immaterial world exists. For Christians of whatever denomination who need proof, and for others with a tradition of the afterlife, the ...

Google previewThe Shroud of Christ (1902)

by Paul Vignon

The Holy Shroud is a very supple ...

Google previewIllustrations of English Philology ... Consisting of I. A critical examination of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary. II. Remarks on Mr. D. Stewart's essay “On the tendency of some late philological speculations.” To which is now added, An Advertisement; containing extracts from the English Lexicon, publishing in the Encyclopædia Metropolitana, and from the English Dictionary of Dr. Johnson (1826)

by Charles RICHARDSON (LL.D.)

SHROWD, Shroud (T.) in Anglo-Saxon rcpub, vestitus, though now applied SHROWDS. only to that with which the dead are clothed, is the past participle of rcri'oan, vestire; and was formerly a general term for any sort of clothing whatever .

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Death and Dying (2003)

by Glennys Howarth, Oliver Leaman

shroud. A shroud or winding sheet is a long piece of cloth, usually white in colour, that is wrapped around the corpse and tied or knotted at head and foot. Most shrouds fit closely to the body encompassing it in a secure and streamline fashion.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

Tbefe are used for shrouds, and fbisxordage is therefore called shroud laid cordage. A rope of the fame ...

Google previewThe Anglo-American Encyclopedia and Dictionary: Dictionary department (A-Z) (1904)

t [Shroud, v.] shroud, •schroud, *shrud, t. [A. S. »crdd = a "By abstaining altogether from action, the public no garment, clothing; cogn. with Icel. sknidh - the doubt make a further shrinkage probable. "-Si\ James's abroad* of a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Pseudoscience (2013)

From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy by William F. Williams

While it was not officially acknowledged as a Holy Relic by the Church of thattime, the shroud was considered valuable and sacred by many people of the area.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Crusades (2003)

by Corliss Konwiser Slack

HOLY SHROUD q 117 of its interior and exterior decoration had an impact on the lesser shrines in the kingdom, such as Nazareth, and on churches in Western Europe. The Augustinian rule, which emphasized communal poverty and service ...

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Scrabble value of S1H4R1O1U1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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