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Meaning of COVE

Pronunciation:  kowv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a small inlet
  2. [n]  small or narrow cave in the side of a cliff or mountain
 

COVE is a 4 letter word that starts with C.

 

 See Also: cave, inlet, lough, recess

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Cove\ (k[=o]v), n. [AS. cofa room; akin to G. koben
    pigsty, orig., hut, Icel kofi hut, and perh. to E. cobalt.]
    1. A retired nook; especially, a small, sheltered inlet,
       creek, or bay; a recess in the shore.
    
             Vessels which were in readiness for him within
             secret coves and nooks.               --Holland.
    
    2. A strip of prairie extending into woodland; also, a recess
       in the side of a mountain. [U.S.]
    
    3. (Arch.)
       (a) A concave molding.
       (b) A member, whose section is a concave curve, used
           especially with regard to an inner roof or ceiling, as
           around a skylight.
    
    
  2. \Cove\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coved} (k?vd); p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Coving}.] (Arch.)
    To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in
    the form of a cove.
    
          The mosques and other buildings of the Arabians are
          rounded into domes and coved roofs.      --H.
                                                   Swinburne.
    
    {Coved ceiling}, a ceiling, the part of which next the wail
       is constructed in a cove.
    
    {Coved vault}, a vault composed of four coves meeting in a
       central point, and therefore the reverse of a groined
       vault.
    
    
  3. \Cove\, v. t. [CF. F. couver, It. covare. See {Covey}.]
    To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds their eggs.
    [Obs.]
    
          Not being able to cove or sit upon them [eggs], she
          [the female tortoise] bestoweth them in the gravel.
                                                   --Holland.
    
    
  4. \Cove\, n. [A gypsy word, covo that man, covi that woman.]
    A boy or man of any age or station. [Slang]
    
          There's a gentry cove here.              --Wit's
                                                   Recreations
                                                   (1654).
    
          Now, look to it, coves, that all the beef and drink Be
          not filched from us.                     --Mrs.
                                                   Browning.
    
    
 
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