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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLOUDS

The clouds are formed from the moisture present by the action of the sun's heat.

His eyes were turned the other way, and he sang to the clouds in the sky.

There had been a warm day, and the trees were clouds of green and more bushes had blossomed.

They were beyond the line of battle and were not obscured by the clouds of smoke.

Clouds, heavy and menacing, already shrouded the whole west.

The clouds of smoke enveloped them at times, and at other times floated away.

The place, its sky and clouds and breezes, belonged to her: but she belonged to it as well.

The tree-topped hills in their altitude are at times lost in the clouds.

Around us were opaque mountains of clouds with irradiated edges.

Daylight had not yet succeeded in piercing through the night clouds.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English clud "mass of rock, hill," related to clod. Metaphoric extension to "raincloud, mass of evaporated water in the sky" is attested by c.1200 based on similarity of cumulus clouds and rock masses. The usual Old English word for "cloud" was weolcan. In Middle English, skie also originally meant "cloud."

The four fundamental types of cloud classification (cirrus, cumulus, stratus, nimbus) were proposed by British amateur meteorologist Luke Howard (1772-1864) in 1802. Figuratively, as something that casts a shadow, from early 15c.; hence under a cloud (c.1500). In the clouds "removed from earthly things; obscure, fanciful, unreal" is from 1640s. Cloud-compeller translates (poetically) Greek nephelegereta, a Homeric epithet of Zeus.

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