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CUMULUS (cumuli)

 Dictionary entry overview: What does cumulus mean? 

CUMULUS (noun)
  The noun CUMULUS has 2 senses:

1. a globular cloud
2. a collection of objects laid on top of each other

  Familiarity information: CUMULUS used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CUMULUS (noun)

Sense 1cumulus [BACK TO TOP]


A globular cloud

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)


cumulus; cumulus cloud

Hypernyms ("cumulus" is a kind of...):

cloud (a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cumulus"):

altocumulus; altocumulus cloud (a cumulus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles)

thunderhead (a rounded projecting mass of a cumulus cloud with shining edges; often appears before a thunderstorm)

Sense 2cumulus [BACK TO TOP]


A collection of objects laid on top of each other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


cumulation; heap; pile; agglomerate; cumulus; mound

Hypernyms ("cumulus" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cumulus"):

compost heap; compost pile (a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost)

stockpile (a storage pile accumulated for future use)

woodpile (a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel)

funeral pyre; pyre (wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite)

stack (an orderly pile)

slagheap (pile of waste matter from coal mining etc)

shock (a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field)

scrapheap (pile of discarded metal)

dunghill; midden; muckheap; muckhill (a heap of dung or refuse)

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