cov·er·ing /ˈkʌvrɪŋ, ˈkʌvə-/
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.
Cov·er·ing, n. Anything which covers or conceals, as a roof, a screen, a wrapper, clothing, etc.
Noah removed the covering of the ark. --Gen. viii. 13.
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. --Job. xxiv. 7.
A covering over the well's mouth. --2 Sam. xvii. 19.
n 1: a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering
of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover" [syn: natural
2: an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect
or shelter or conceal it)
3: the act of concealing the existence of something by
obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their
guns from enemy aircraft" [syn: cover, screening, masking]
4: the act of protecting something by covering it
5: the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a
topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach
requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for
a coating of paint"; [syn: application, coating]