1. A shelter; a cover; that which covers, conceals or protects.
Swaddled, as new born, in sable shrouds. Sandys.
2. The dress of the dead; a winding sheet.
3. Shroud or shrouds of a ship, a range of large ropes extending from the head of a mast to the right and left sides of the ship, to support the mast; as the main shrouds; fore shrouds; mizen shrouds. There are also futtock shrouds, bowsprit shrouds, etc.
4. A branch of a tree. [Not proper.]
SHROUD, verb transitive
1. To cover; to shelter from danger or annoyance.
Under your beams I will me safely shroud. Spenser.
One of these trees with all its young ones, may shroud four hundred horsemen. Raleigh.
2. To dress for the grave; to cover; as a dead body.
The ancient Egyptian mummies were shrouded in several folds of linen besmeared with gums. Bacon.
3. To cover; to conceal to hide; as, to be shrouded in darkness.
-Some tempest rise,
And blow out all the stars that light the skies,
To shroud my name. Dryden.
4. To defend; to protect by hiding.
So Venus from prevailing Greeks did shroud
The hope of Rome, and saved him in a cloud. Waller.
5. To overwhelm; as, to be shrouded in despair.
6. To lop the branches of a tree. [Unusual or improper.]
SHROUD, verb intransitive To take shelter or harbor.
If your stray attendants be yet lodg'd
Or shroud within these limits- Milton.