cloud Definition

  • 1a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground
  • 2a state or cause of gloom, suspicion, trouble, or worry
  • 3a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers

Using cloud: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cloud" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sky was filled with dark clouds before the storm.

  • Example

    The company's future is under a cloud of uncertainty.

  • Example

    We use cloud computing to store our data online.

  • Example

    The airplane disappeared into the clouds.

cloud Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with cloud

  • head in the clouds

    to be unaware or unrealistic about something


    He has his head in the clouds if he thinks he can finish the project by himself.

  • to be extremely happy or elated


    She was on cloud nine after receiving the promotion.

  • to be suspected of wrongdoing or to have a bad reputation


    The politician has been under a cloud of scandal for months.

Origins of cloud

from Old English 'clūd', akin to Middle Low German 'klūt' and Old Norse 'klūtr'


Summary: cloud in Brief

A 'cloud' [klaʊd] is a visible mass of condensed water vapor in the atmosphere, often associated with weather patterns. It can also refer to a state of gloom or worry, as well as a network of remote servers used for data storage and processing. Common phrases include 'head in the clouds,' meaning unrealistic, 'on cloud nine,' meaning elated, and 'under a cloud,' meaning suspected of wrongdoing.

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