from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A loose outer garment, such as a cape.
- n. Something that covers or conceals: a cloak of secrecy.
- transitive v. To cover or conceal with or as if with a cloak. See Synonyms at clothe, disguise, hide1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long outer garment worn over the shoulders covering the back; a cape, often with a hood.
- n. A blanket-like covering, often metaphorical.
- n. A text replacement for an IRC user's hostname or IP address, making the user less identifiable.
- v. To cover as with a cloak.
- v. To render invisible via futuristic technology.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A loose outer garment, extending from the neck downwards, and commonly without sleeves. It is longer than a cape, and is worn both by men and by women.
- n. That which conceals; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense; a mask; a cover.
- transitive v. To cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or conceal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, a loose outer garment without sleeves, worn by either sex as a protection from the weather: now frequently used, though erroneously, for a sleeved outer wrap worn by women.
- n. Figuratively, that which conceals; a cover; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense.
- To cover with or as with a cloak.
- Figuratively, to cover up; hide; conceal.
- Synonyms To hide, conceal, mask, cover, veil, screen.
- To intrigue; hold secret council.
- n. In mollusks, same as mantle or pallium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with or as if with a cloak
- v. cover as if with clothing
- v. hide under a false appearance
- n. anything that covers or conceals
- n. a loose outer garment
Middle English cloke, from Old North French cloque, cloak, bell (from its shape), from Medieval Latin clocca; see clock1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)