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Cloud, Clowd, n. Also: cloude, clowde, clood. [ME. cloud(e, clowd(e, clud(e, corresp. in form to OE. clúd mass of rock, hill. See also Clud n.]

1. A cloud in the sky, or of mist. (a) Of hyre cors a dow al quhyt flaw, … & in the clowdis clame belyf; Leg. S. xxviii. 710.
The strang stour rais, as reik … Or myst, throuch sone, vp to the clowdis past; Wall. vii. 580.
The wild fyre down sche slang Furth of the clowdis; Doug. i. i. 76.
The stormy clowdis our al the ayr gan rowt; Ib. ii. ii. 1100; etc.
(b) A day hapnyt to cum about him sik a cloud that na man … mycht se him; Hay I. 42/31.
Rycht as foulis and cloudis fleis throu the ayr; Ib. II. 158/5.
Quhen the cloud slaikis, the rane our-strenklys the erde; Wisd. Sol. 795.
The Northin wind had … sched the mistie cloudis fra the sky; Henr. Test. Cress. 20.
Of the licht cloude that God maid, fyrst he maid the hevinly … sone; Irland Mir. I. 99/18.
The tother twa ar drawin wp in the aire be the cours of the mone in the cloudis; Asl. MS. I. 162/28.
The keyes war delivered unto hir by a pretty boy, descending as it war from a cloud; Knox II. 288.
The are … sumthing thiker, and mae cloudes; Dalr. I. 5/13.
This was the first day that brak the cloudis and cleiret the skye; Ib. 288/28.

b. In figurative uses. Of glowdis [v.r. clowdis] of sorow, of angger and distres; Liber Plusc. 382.
A cloud of arowis as hayle schour lousit thay; Dunb. G. Targe 178.
Vnder the clowdis of dyrk poetry; Doug. i. Prol. 197.

2. In the phr. under cloud (= cover) of nicht. Common in the 17th cent. with reference to criminal offences committed by night. Cf. Clud n. 2. All clocis vndir cloud of nycht thou cukkis; Kennedy Flyt. 499.
The tennentis … vndir scilence and cloude of nycht, brekis doun … the dykis; 1573 Grant Chart. 153.
[They had come] undir cloude and silence of nycht, aboute tuelff houris at evin, be way of brigancie … to the house of umquhile Robert Mcintailliour; 1588 Reg. Privy C. IV. 284.
Iohn Campbell of Caddell … came under silence and cloude of nicht bodin with ane lang hagbit; 1596 Highland P. I. 154.
The cuming in of Angus almost wnder clood of night and the message he broight; 1615 Ib. III. 184.
Iohne Dumbar … went vnder clowde of night … and … tirred the house; 1641 Acts V. 677/1.
He wes seen … thiftously stealing away corne, vnder cloud of nycht; 1676 Ayr & W. Coll. IV. 131.

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