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Clud, Clude, n. Also: clwd(d, cluid. [Variant of Cloud n., with early shortening of ū to ŭ.]

1. A cloud.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1706.
All sodanely the soft aire wes Oure-coverit with cluddis blak
a1500 Henr. Orph. 498.
Ane rany clud dovne fro the firmament Scho gart discend
Ib. 500. Id. Fab. 858.
Phebus with his bemis Consumit had the mistie cluddis gray
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 19.
The sone, the mone & sternis to our sicht Ar neir all closit in till a clud obscure
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 433.
As the new mone … Kythis quhilis her cleir face through cluddis of sable
Ib. lxix. 2.
Quhone sabill all the hewin arrayis With mystie vapouris, cluddis and skyis
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 166/7.
In that cuntre the se rysis wp to the cluddis lyke to drovne the erd
1533 Boece xi. v. 414.
The son was silit with blak cluddis … and gaif na licht
1549 Compl. 58/26.
The rane … coagulatis in ane thik clud
Ib. 59/14.
The myst … is the excrement … of the cluddis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1410.
The roikis with rerd began to ryue, Quhen vglie cluddis did ouerdryue
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 107.
Ane clud of myst fell about us
a1578 Pitsc. I. 244/15.
Thair come ane clwdd out of the rwffe of the hall, as appeirit to men
Ib. II. 79/32.
He saw ane clud ryse of great mist and reik
1585 James VI Ess. 67.
Auroras post, whome sho did send amang The ieittie cludds
1603 Philotus lx.
To compair ane clud with glansing gleames
fig. a1500 Henr. Orph. 604.
Myrk cluddis and myst of ignorance
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 208.
The sterne That schane sa lang in clud of his manheid
1558-66 Knox I. 3.
The same clud of ignorance, that long hath darkened many realmes
1596 Dalr. II. 465/15.
God putting away the clud and mirknes of hæresie
(b) a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1650.
A bricht clude him tuk out of thair sycht
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxv. 29.
Thir terrible monsteris sall … In the cludis gett the Antechrist
1513 Doug. i. ix. 13 (Sm).
The clude about thame swith was brokin
a1568 Scott xv. 26.
My voice surmountis the sapheir cludis hie
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lix. 1.
Quhen Phebus in the ranie clude Oursylit had the bemes bricht
a1578 Pitsc. I. 379/6.
Schir Dawid Lyndsay … caussit ane great clude come out of the heavins done abone the ȝeit
Ib. II. 81/5.
Thair raise … so great ane clude of raine out of the heavnis that [etc]
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 222 (L).
Throw cluidis so he thudis so

b. A dense swarm or crowd. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxiii. 89.
Thik was the clud of kayis and crawis
15.. Sym & Br. 61.
The carlis thay thikkit fast in cludis

2. Darkness of night. Cf. Cloud n. 2. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 27.
Our licht most richt in clud of nycht, Our dirknes for to scale
1524 Carnwath Baron Ct. 19.
My L. foloit him for vrangeis setin on Ihon & hurting of him onder the clud of the nycht
1567 G. Ball. 173.
O Christ, quhilk art the lycht of day, The clude of nycht thow dryuis away
1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 502.
Sindrie craftis childer … and taskmen, … beand furth of thair maisteris howssis vnder clwd of nicht, in drynking and harletrie
1593 Ib. V. 102.
That na strayngers be fund gangand in airmour under clud of nicht under the payne of escheitt of thair airmour
1600 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 201.
In putting vpe of ane pascuill wpoun his yet within clud of nicht contenand dyvers vaine … iniurious wordis
1623 Peebles Gleanings 5.
The thifteous steilling … under clud and silence of nicht … of tua yowis

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