[kuhv-er-ing] /ˈkʌv ər ɪŋ/
something laid over or wrapped around a thing, especially for concealment, protection, or warmth.
Mathematics. (def 50).
the buying of securities or commodities that one has sold short, in order to return them to the person from whom they were borrowed.
[kuhv-er] /ˈkʌv ər/
verb (used with object)
to be or serve as a covering for; extend over; rest on the surface of:
Snow covered the fields.
to place something over or upon, as for protection, concealment, or warmth.
to provide with a covering or top:
Cover the pot with a lid.
to protect or conceal (the body, head, etc.) with clothes, a hat, etc; wrap.
to bring upon (oneself):
He covered himself with glory by his exploits.
to hide from view; screen.
to spread on or over; apply to:
to cover bread with honey.
to put all over the surface of:
to cover a wall with paint.
to include, deal with, or provide for; address:
The rules cover working conditions.
to suffice to defray or meet (a charge, expense, etc.):
Ten dollars should cover my expenses.
to offset (an outlay, loss, liability, etc.).
to achieve in distance traversed; pass or travel over:
We covered 600 miles a day on our trip.
to pass or rise over and surmount or envelop:
The river covered the town during the flood.
Insurance. to insure against risk or loss.
to shelter; protect; serve as a defense for.
to take temporary charge of or responsibility for in place of another:
Please cover my phone while I’m out to lunch.
to extend over; comprise:
The book covers 18th-century England.
to be assigned to or responsible for, as a territory or field of endeavor:
We have two sales representatives covering the Southwest.
to aim at, as with a pistol.
to have within range, as a fortress does adjacent territory.
to play a card higher than (the one led or previously played in the round).
to deposit the equivalent of (money deposited), as in wagering.
to accept the conditions of (a bet, wager, etc.).
(in short selling) to purchase securities or commodities in order to deliver them to the broker from whom they were borrowed.
Baseball. to take a position close to or at (a base) so as to catch a ball thrown to the base:
The shortstop covered second on the attempted steal.
Sports. to guard (an opponent on offense) so as to prevent him or her from scoring or carrying out his or her assignment:
to cover a potential pass receiver.
(especially of a male animal) to copulate with.
(of a hen) to brood or sit on (eggs or chicks).
verb (used without object)
Informal. to serve as a substitute for someone who is absent:
We cover for the receptionist during lunch hour.
to hide the wrongful or embarrassing action of another by providing an alibi or acting in the other’s place:
They covered for him when he missed roll call.
to play a card higher than the one led or previously played in the round:
She led the eight and I covered with the jack.
to spread over an area or surface, especially for the purpose of obscuring an existing or of achieving a desired thickness and evenness:
This paint is much too thin to cover.
something that covers, as the lid of a container or the binding of a book.
a blanket, quilt, or the like:
Put another cover on the bed.
protection; shelter; concealment.
anything that veils, screens, or shuts from sight:
under cover of darkness.
woods, underbrush, etc., serving to shelter and conceal wild animals or game; a covert.
Ecology. vegetation that serves to protect or conceal animals, such as birds, from excessive sunlight, from drying, or from predators.
a set of eating utensils and the like, as plate, knife, fork, and napkin, placed for each person at a table.
an assumed identity, occupation, or business that masks the true or real one:
His job at the embassy was a cover for his work as a spy.
a covering of snow, especially when suitable for skiing.
a pretense; feigning.
a person who substitutes for another or stands ready to substitute if needed:
She was hired as a cover for six roles at the opera house.
Finance. funds to cover liability or secure against risk of loss.
Also called covering. Mathematics. a collection of sets having the property that a given set is contained in the union of the sets in the collection.
blow one’s cover, to divulge one’s secret identity, especially inadvertently:
The TV news story blew his carefully fabricated cover.
break cover, to emerge, especially suddenly, from a place of concealment:
The fox broke cover and the chase was on.
cover one’s / someone’s ass, Slang: Vulgar. to take measures that will prevent oneself or another person from suffering blame, loss, harm, etc.
take cover, to seek shelter or safety:
The hikers took cover in a deserted cabin to escape the sudden storm.
another word for cover (sense 24)
verb (mainly transitive)
to place or spread something over so as to protect or conceal
to provide with a covering; clothe
to put a garment, esp a hat, on (the body or head)
to extend over or lie thickly on the surface of; spread: snow covered the fields
to bring upon (oneself); invest (oneself) as if with a covering: covered with shame
(sometimes foll by up) to act as a screen or concealment for; hide from view
(military) to protect (an individual, formation, or place) by taking up a position from which fire may be returned if those being protected are fired upon
(also intransitive) often foll by for. to assume responsibility for (a person or thing): to cover for a colleague in his absence
(intransitive; foll by for or up for) to provide an alibi (for)
to have as one’s territory: this salesman covers your area
to travel over: to cover three miles a day
(transitive) to have or place in the aim and within the range of (a firearm)
to include or deal with: his talk covered all aspects of the subject
(of an asset or income) to be sufficient to meet (a liability or expense)
(also intransitive) (finance) to purchase (securities, etc) in order to meet contracts, esp short sales
to deposit (an equivalent stake) in a bet or wager
(also intransitive) to play a card higher in rank than (one played beforehand by another player)
to act as reporter or photographer on (a news event, etc) for a newspaper or magazine: to cover sports events
(sport) to guard or protect (an opponent, team-mate, or area)
(music) to record a cover version of
(of a male animal, esp a horse) to copulate with (a female animal)
(of a bird) to brood (eggs)
anything that covers, spreads over, protects, or conceals
woods or bushes providing shelter or a habitat for wild creatures
(finance) liquid assets, reserves, or guaranteed income sufficient to discharge a liability, meet an expenditure, etc
a pretext, disguise, or false identity: the thief sold brushes as a cover
(insurance) another word for coverage (sense 3)
an envelope or package for sending through the post: under plain cover
an individual table setting, esp in a restaurant
(sport) the guarding or protection of an opponent, team-mate, or area
Also called cover version. a version by a different artist of a previously recorded musical item
(ecology) the percentage of the ground surface covered by a given species of plant
break cover, (esp of game animals) to come out from a shelter or hiding place
take cover, to make for a place of safety or shelter
under cover, protected, concealed, or in secret: under cover of night
mid-12c., from Old French covrir (12c., Modern French couvrir) “to cover, protect, conceal, dissemble,” from Late Latin coperire, from Latin cooperire “to cover over, overwhelm, bury,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + operire “to close, cover” (see weir). Related: Covered; covering. Military sense is from 1680s; newspaper sense first recorded 1893; use in football dates from 1907. Betting sense is 1857. OF horses, as a euphemism for “copulate” it dates from 1530s. Covered wagon attested from 1745.
early 13c., in compounds, from cover (v.). Meaning “recording of a song already recorded by another” is 1966. Cover girl is U.S. slang from 1915, shortening of magazine-cover girl.
blow someone’s cover
- Covering fire
noun 1. (military) firing intended to protect an individual or formation making a movement by forcing the enemy to take cover
noun 1. a letter that accompanies another letter, a package, or the like, to explain, commend, etc. noun 1. an accompanying letter sent as an explanation, introduction, or record
- Covering of the eyes
occurs only in Gen. 20:16. In the Revised Version the rendering is “it (i.e., Abimelech’s present of 1,000 pieces of silver to Abraham) is for thee a covering of the eyes.” This has been regarded as an implied advice to Sarah to conform to the custom of married women, and wear a complete veil, covering […]
[kuhv-er-lit] /ˈkʌv ər lɪt/ noun 1. Also, coverlid [kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/ (Show IPA). a bed quilt that does not the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread. 2. Archaic. any or . /ˈkʌvəlɪt/ noun 1. another word for bedspread n. c.1300, perhaps a diminutive of cover (n.), but early form coverlite suggests an unrecorded Old […]