Pronunciation: (shroud), [key]
1. a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
2. something that covers or conceals like a garment: a shroud of rain.
3. Naut.any of a number of taut ropes or wires converging from both sides on the head of a lower or upper mast of the outer end of a bowsprit to steady it against lateral sway: a part of the standing rigging.
4. Also called shroud' line". Aeron.any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
5. Also called shroud'ing. Mach.
a. (on a nonmetallic gear) an extended metal rim enclosing the ends of the teeth on either side.
b. (on a water wheel) one of two rings of boards or plates enclosing the buckets at their ends.
6. Rocketry.a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.
1. to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
2. to cover; hide from view.
3. to veil, as in obscurity or mystery: They shrouded their past lives in an effort to forget.
4. to provide (a water wheel) with a shroud.
5. Obs.to shelter.
Archaic.to take shelter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.