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Meaning of COVER

Pronunciation:  'kuvur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
  2. [n]  the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
  3. [n]  the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding"
  4. [n]  bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
  5. [n]  a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness"
  6. [n]  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"
  7. [n]  a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
  8. [n]  a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink
  9. [v]  clothe, as if for protection from the elements; "cover your head!"
  10. [v]  sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
  11. [v]  protect or defend a position in a game; "he covered left field"
  12. [v]  be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
  13. [v]  play a higher card than the one previously played; "Smith covered again"
  14. [v]  protect by insurance; "The insurance won't cover this"
  15. [v]  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"
  16. [v]  maintain a check on; esp. by patrolling; "The second officer covered the top floor"
  17. [v]  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"
  18. [v]  hold within range of an aimed firearm
  19. [v]  form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"
  20. [v]  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"
  21. [v]  put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
  22. [v]  copulate with a female, used esp. of horses; "The horse covers the mare"
  23. [v]  cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
  24. [v]  travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
  25. [v]  spread over a surface to conceal or protect; "This paint covers well"
  26. [v]  hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
  27. [v]  be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of; "Is this enough to cover the check?"
  28. [v]  to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself."
  29. [v]  help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities; "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
  30. [v]  invest with a large or excessive amount of something; "She covered herself with glory"
  31. [v]  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"
  32. [v]  make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father"
  33. [v]  provide for; "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
  34. [v]  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"

COVER is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: address, back, binding, blanket, book binding, breed, brood, compensate, comprehend, concealment, cover charge, cover up, covering, covering, covering fire, covert, cross, cut across, cut through, deal, embrace, encompass, enshroud, extend, get across, get over, handle, hatch, hide, incubate, insure, masking, natural covering, overcompensate, pass over, plow, report, screen, screening, spread over, top, track, traverse, treat, underwrite, wrap up
 Antonyms: expose, uncover
 See Also: adjoin, afghan, aluminise, aluminize, apparel, apply, ascertain, assure, bank, bark, bark, be, be, bed clothing, bedaub, bedclothes, bedding, besmear, bind, blacklead, blanket, blanket, blind, blindfold, blinker, block out, bloody, board up, body covering, book, bread, bridge, broach, brush, butter, cake, camouflage, canopy, cap, carpet, case, check, clapboard, clothe, coat, coif, conceal, concealing, concealment, concrete, constellate, contact, control, copulate, counterbalance, couple, covering, cowl, crape, crepe, crisscross, cross, crown, crust, daub, deputise, deputize, discourse, discuss, dot, drape, dress, drive, drown, dust, eggshell, electric blanket, empower, enclose, enclothe, encrustation, endow, endue, enfold, ensure, envelop, envelope, enwrap, even off, even out, even up, face, feather, felt, fire, firing, fit out, fixed charge, flake, flash, flood, floral envelope, foil, ford, frost, fulfil, fulfill, garb, garment, gift, glaciate, gloss over, go across, go through, grass, grass over, gravel, grease, guarantee, habilitate, half binding, hide, hiding, hold, hood, hop, hush up, ice, include, incrustation, indemnify, indue, indusium, inform, initiate, integument, invest, jacket, jaywalk, lag, laminate, lather, lid, lime, line, live up to, mackinaw, Mackinaw blanket, manhole cover, manta, mantle, mantle, mask, mate, meet, mist, mist over, mound over, mulch, multiply, natural object, oil, overlap, overspread, overwhelm, paint, pair, pall, paper, parcel, pass, paste, perianth, pericarp, peridium, plank, plank over, plaster, plaster over, play, procreate, protect, protect, protection, protective cover, protective covering, put on, raiment, recover, reinsure, reproduce, ridge, roof, sac, satisfy, scale, screwtop, security blanket, see, see to it, seed vessel, sheath, sheathe, sheet, shell, shoji, shroud, sit, sit down, sleek over, slough, smear, smother, snowcap, soap, sod, span, spiel, splash, spray, spread, spread, stalking-horse, stand in, step in, stick on, straw, strew, stride, stud, submerge, substitute, surface, surround, sweep, take, talk about, test, theca, theologise, theologize, three-quarter binding, tile, tog, touch, tramp, traverse, turf, veneer, vesture, volume, walk, wallpaper, warrant, wash, wax, white-out, whitewash, wrap, wrap up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cov"er\ (k?v"?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Covered} (-?rd);
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Covering}.] [OF. covrir, F. couvrir, fr. L.
    cooperire; co- + operire to cover; probably fr. ob towards,
    over + the root appearing in aperire to open. Cf. {Aperient},
    {Overt}, {Curfew}.]
    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.
             In vain shou striv'st to cover shame with shame.
    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.'' --Ps. xxxii. 1.
    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.
    11. To copulate with (a female); to serve; as, a horse covers
        a mare; -- said of the male.
    {To cover}
    {ground or 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
    {To cover into}, to transfer to; as, to cover into the
    Syn: To shelter; screen; shield; hide; overspread.
  2. \Cov"er\ (k?v"?r), n.
    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.'' -- Macaulay.
             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
    5. That portion of a slate, tile, or shingle, which is hidden
       by the overlap of the course above. --Knight.
    6. (Steam Engine) The lap of a slide valve.
    7. [Cf. F. couvert.] 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
    {Under cover}, in an envelope, or within a letter; -- said of
       a written message.
             Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her
             ladyship.                             --Thackeray.
  3. \Cov"er\, v. i.
    To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet. [Obs.]
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Anything that provides protection from predators or ameliorates adverse conditions of streamflow and/or seasonal changes in metabolic costs. May be instream cover, turbulence, and/or overhead cover, and may be for the purpose of escape, feeding, hiding, or resting.
Thesaurus Terms
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