AskDefine | Define cumulus

Dictionary Definition



1 a globular cloud [syn: cumulus cloud]
2 a collection of objects laid on top of each other [syn: pile, heap, mound] [also: cumuli (pl)]

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  1. A large white puffy cloud that develops through convection. On a hot, humid day, they can form towers and even become cumulonimbus clouds.
    • 2007 September 1, "Who’s afraid of Google?: The world’s internet superpower faces testing times", in The Economist, The Economist Newspaper Ltd, ISSN 0013-0613, volume 384, number 8544, page 9,
      Ironically, there is something rather cloudlike about the multiple complaints surrounding Google. The issues are best parted into two cumuli: a set of “public” arguments about how to regulate Google; and a set of “private” ones for Google’s managers, to do with the strategy the firm needs to get through the coming storm.
  2. A mound or heap.


A large white puffy cloud
A mound or heap

Extensive Definition

Cumulus may refer to:
cumulus in German: Cumulus (Begriffsklärung)
cumulus in French: Cumulus
cumulus in Finnish: Cumulus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Cloudcuckooland, alto-cumulus, alto-stratus, anvil cloud, banner cloud, billowy cloud, cap cloud, cirro-cumulus, cirro-fillum, cirro-nebula, cirro-stratus, cirro-velum, cirrus, cirrus cloud, cirrus haze, cirrus stripe, cloud, cloud band, cloud bank, cloud drift, cloud mass, cloud street, cloudland, cloudling, cloudscape, cocktail, cottony cloud, cumulo-cirro-stratus, cumulo-cirrus, cumulo-nimbus, cumulo-stratus, cumulus cloud, curl cloud, fleecy cloud, fractocumulus, high fog, mackerel sky, mammatocumulus, mushroom cloud, nimbus, nimbus cloud, rain cloud, scud, snail cloud, squall cloud, storm cloud, strato-cumulus, stratus, stratus cloud, thundercloud, thunderhead, water carrier, woolpack
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