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(pl. cumuli)
A globular cloud.  Synonym: cumulus cloud.
A collection of objects laid on top of each other.  Synonyms: agglomerate, cumulation, heap, mound, pile.

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"Cumulus" Quotes from Famous Books

... an eventful day. The morning was fine, though somewhat overcast by stratus and cumulus clouds; moderate south-south-westerly and south-easterly breezes. We hoped that with this wind the ice would drift nearer to Clarence Island. At 7 a.m. lanes of water and leads could be seen on the horizon to the west. The ice separating us from the lanes was loose, but did not appear to ...
— South! • Sir Ernest Shackleton

... more plentiful when thunder and lightning are on top, which is in warmer weather. The temperature of the air at the time of the encounter was 37 degrees; water 54 degrees. It had been cold during the night, but grew warmer in the morning. The clouds which overspread the firmament were of the cumulus pattern. ...
— The Jungle Fugitives • Edward S. Ellis

... stems of the pasture goldenrod standing stiffly as if to state with grim definiteness that all rainbow hopes are folly and there will be no more blossoming for them. Their leaves are dun and sere where they have not already fallen and their tops that in early September were such soft cumulus clouds of golden yellow are but scrawny clots of brown, draggled by the tears in which the sudden sun has drowned the pasture. Yet these least of all should be pessimistic in November, for as the sun dries their tears another summer comes back to them ...
— Old Plymouth Trails • Winthrop Packard

... But there are cumulus clouds in the sky; and these, ever and anon drifting over the moon's disc, compel him to pull ...
— The Death Shot - A Story Retold • Mayne Reid

... arranged. The spectators were assembled on the rude seats. The wind, sweet, clear, and cool, came over the smooth grassy slopes to the west, while to the east, gorgeous as sunlit marble, rose the great snowy peaks with huge cumulus clouds—apparently standing on edge—peeping over their shoulders from behind. Mose observed them and mentally calculated that it would not shower till ...
— The Eagle's Heart • Hamlin Garland

... watch from eight till twelve. Nothing transpired until about seven bells, when Jack and Tom Fairlie were walking slowly up and down the poop. The moon was now well up, but hidden by a mass of cumulus cloud. Presently she would burst into view, for the clouds were sailing slowly along the horizon, and near hand was ...
— As We Sweep Through The Deep • Gordon Stables

... back of Oppapago; nosing the foot of Waban, a woolly mist creeps south. In the clean, smooth paths of the middle sky and highest up in air, drift, unshepherded, small flocks ranging contrarily. You will find the proper names of these things in the reports of the Weather Bureau—cirrus, cumulus, and the like—and charts that will teach by study when to sow and take up crops. It is astonishing the trouble men will be at to find out when to plant potatoes, and gloze over the eternal meaning ...
— The Land Of Little Rain • Mary Hunter Austin

... once and looked out. It promised to be a wild night. Far away in the south-west lay a great cumulus of rugged clouds from which dark streamers radiated over the sky, like the advance guard of an army. Here and there a pale star twinkled dimly out through the rifts, but the greater part of the heavens was black and threatening. It was ...
— The Firm of Girdlestone • Arthur Conan Doyle

Words linked to "Cumulus" :   muckhill, pyre, cumulation, muckheap, dunghill, assemblage, scrapheap, stockpile, collection, aggregation, shock, compost heap, cumulus cloud, cloud, woodpile, slagheap, stack, thunderhead, compost pile, accumulation, funeral pyre, cumulate, midden, cumulous

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