shroud

Definitions

General English

Aviation

  • noun an extension of a fixed surface of a wing towards the rear, which covers the leading edge of a movable surface hinged to it
  • noun any one of the lines by which the harness of a parachute is attached to the canopy

Real Estate

  • noun a protective covering, e.g. a guard for a piece of machinery

Origin & History of “shroud”

Shroud originally meant simply ‘garment’ – a sense which survived into the early modern English period (‘My princely robes are laid aside, whose glittering pomp Diana’s shrouds supplies’, Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe, Dido queen of Carthage 1594). Not until the late 16th century did the modern meaning ‘winding-sheet’ begin to emerge. The word derives ultimately from the prehistoric west Germanic base *skraud-, *skreud-, *skrud- ‘cut’ (source also of English shred).
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