Cov·er v. t. [imp. & p. p. Covered p. pr. & vb. n. Covering.]
1. To overspread the surface of (one thing) with another; as, to cover wood with paint or lacquer; to cover a table with a cloth.
2. To envelop; to clothe, as with a mantle or cloak.
And with the majesty of darkness round
Covers his throne. --Milton.
All that beauty than doth cover thee. --Shak.
3. To invest (one's self with something); to bring upon (one's self); as, he covered himself with glory.
The powers that covered themselves with everlasting infamy by the partition of Poland. --Brougham.
4. To hide sight; to conceal; to cloak; as, the enemy were covered from our sight by the woods.
A cloud covered the mount. --Exod. xxiv. 15.
In vain shou striv'st to cover shame with shame. --Milton.
5. To brood or sit on; to incubate.
While the hen is covering her eggs, the male . . . diverts her with his songs. --Addison.
6. To overwhelm; to spread over.
The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen. --Ex. xiv. 28.
7. To shelter, as from evil or danger; to protect; to defend; as, the cavalry covered the retreat.
His calm and blameless life
Does with substantial blessedness abound,
And the soft wings of peace cover him round. --Cowley.
8. To remove from remembrance; to put away; to remit. “Blessed is he whose is covered.”
9. To extend over; to be sufficient for; to comprehend, include, or embrace; to account for or solve; to counterbalance; as, a mortgage which fully covers a sum loaned on it; a law which covers all possible cases of a crime; receipts than do not cover expenses.
10. To put the usual covering or headdress on.
Cover thy head . . . ; nay, prithee, be covered. --Shak.
11. To copulate with (a female); to serve; as, a horse covers a mare; -- said of the male.
To cover ground or To cover distance, to pass over; as, the rider covered the ground in an hour.
To cover one's short contracts Stock Exchange, to buy stock when the market rises, as a dealer who has sold short does in order to protect himself.
Covering party Mil., a detachment of troops sent for the protection of another detachment, as of men working in the trenches.
To cover into, to transfer to; as, to cover into the treasury.
Syn: -- To shelter; screen; shield; hide; overspread.
1. Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of a book.
2. Anything which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a cloak. “Under cover of the night.”
A handsome cover for imperfections. --Collier.
3. Shelter; protection; as, the troops fought under cover of the batteries; the woods afforded a good cover.
Being compelled to lodge in the field . . . whilst his army was under cover, they might be forced to retire. --Clarendon.
4. Hunting The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to ride to cover.
5. That portion of a slate, tile, or shingle, which is hidden by the overlap of the course above.
6. Steam Engine The lap of a slide valve.
7. A tablecloth, and the other table furniture; esp., the table furniture for the use of one person at a meal; as, covers were laid for fifty guests.
To break cover, to start from a covert or lair; -- said of game.
Under cover, in an envelope, or within a letter; -- said of a written message.
Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her ladyship. --Thackeray.
Cov·er, v. i. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet. [Obs.]
2. The aggregate of risks covered by the terms of a contract of insurance.
n 1: a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something;
"they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of
darkness" [syn: screen, covert, concealment]
2: bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the
covers over his head and went to sleep" [syn: blanket]
3: the act of concealing the existence of something by
obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their
guns from enemy aircraft" [syn: covering, screening, masking]
4: the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a
leather binding" [syn: binding, book binding, back]
5: a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering
of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover" [syn: covering,
6: covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a
container); "he removed the top of the carton"; "he
couldn't get the top off of the bottle"; "put the cover
back on the kettle" [syn: top]
7: fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your
own individuals or formations; "artillery provided
covering fire for the withdrawal" [syn: covering fire]
8: a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above
the charge for food and drink [syn: cover charge]
9: a recording of a song that was first recorded or made
popular by somebody else; "they made a cover of a Beatles'
song" [syn: cover version, cover song]
10: a false identity and background (especially one created for
an undercover agent); "her new name and passport are
cover for her next assignment"
v 1: provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her
face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a
blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers" [ant: uncover]
2: form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave" [syn: spread
3: span an interval of distance, space or time; "The war
extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of
the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the
horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres" [syn: extend]
4: provide for; "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
5: deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression;
"This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of
Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of
China" [syn: treat, handle, plow, deal, address]
6: include in scope; include as part of something broader; have
as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a
wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this
should cover everyone in the group" [syn: embrace, encompass,
7: travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100
miles each day" [syn: traverse, track, cross, pass
over, get over, get across, cut through, cut
8: be responsible for reporting the details of, as in
journalism; "Snow reported on China in the 1950's"; "The
cub reporter covered New York City" [syn: report]
9: hold within range of an aimed firearm
10: to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count
the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
11: hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact
that he bugged the offices in the White House" [syn: cover
12: protect or defend (a position in a game); "he covered left
13: maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; "The second
officer covered the top floor"
14: protect by insurance; "The insurance won't cover this" [syn:
15: make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by
exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for
being a bad father" [syn: compensate, overcompensate]
16: invest with a large or excessive amount of something; "She
covered herself with glory"
17: help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming
his responsibilities; "She is covering for our secretary
who is ill this week"
18: be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost
of; "Is this enough to cover the check?"
19: spread over a surface to conceal or protect; "This paint
20: cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization
are shrouded in mystery" [syn: shroud, enshroud, hide]
21: copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The
horse covers the mare" [syn: breed]
22: put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with
a lot of gravy" [syn: overlay]
23: play a higher card than the one previously played; "Smith
24: be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
25: sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
[syn: brood, hatch, incubate]
26: clothe, as if for protection from the elements; "cover your
head!" [syn: wrap up]