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Meaning of COVERT

Pronunciation:  'kuvurt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness"
  2. [n]  a flock of coots
  3. [adj]  secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
  4. [adj]  (law) of a wife; under the protection of her husband

COVERT is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: backstair, backstairs, black, clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, cloaked, closet(a), collusive, concealment, conniving, cover, disguised, furtive, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, masked, on the quiet(p), protected, screen, secret, secure, sub-rosa, subterranean, surreptitious, ulterior, under wraps(p), undercover, underground, under-the-table, undisclosed, unrevealed
 Antonyms: open, overt
 See Also: blind, camouflage, concealed, coot, covering, flock, implicit, inexplicit, invisible, shoji, stalking-horse, unseeable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cov"ert\ (k?v"?rt), a. [OF. covert, F. couvert, p. p. of
    couvrir. See {Cover}, v. t.]
    1. Covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised.
             How covert matters may be best disclosed. --Shak.
             Whether of open war or covert guile.  --Milton
    2. Sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected; as, a
       covert nook. -- Wordsworth.
             Of either side the green, to plant a covert alley.
    3. (Law) Under cover, authority or protection; as, a feme
       covert, a married woman who is considered as being under
       the protection and control of her husband.
    {Covert way}, (Fort.) See {Covered way}, under {Covered}.
    Syn: Hidden; secret; private; covered; disguised; insidious;
         concealed. See {Hidden}.
  2. \Cov"ert\, n. [OF. See {Covert}, a.]
    1. A place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense.
             A tabernacle . . . for a covert from storm. --Is.
                                                   iv. 6.
             The highwayman has darted from his covered by the
             wayside.                              --Prescott.
    2. [Cf. F. couverte.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the special feathers
       covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of
       a bird. See Illust. of {Bird}.
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