Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Word 2851: Shroud

1. a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial
figurative a thing that envelops or obscures something
technical a protective casing or cover
2. ( shrouds) a set of ropes forming part of the standing rigging of a sailing vessel and supporting the mast from the sides
• (also shroud line) each of the lines joining the canopy of a parachute to the harness