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Meaning of cover by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English coveren, from Old French covrir, cueuvrir ( Modern French couvrir ) from Late Latin coperire from Latin cooperire ( “to cover completely” ), from co-, intensive prefix, + operire "to close, cover". Displaced native Middle English thecchen and bethecchen ( “to cover” ) ( from Old English þeccan, beþeccan ( “to cover” ) ), Middle English helen, ( over )helen, ( for )helen ( “to cover, conceal” ) ( from Old English helan ( “to conceal, cover, hide” ) ), Middle English wrien, ( be )wreon ( “to cover” ) ( from Old English ( be )wrēon ( “to cover” ) ), Middle English hodren, hothren ( “to cover up” ) ( from Low German hudren "to cover up" ) .

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the original sense of the verb and noun cover was hide from view as in its cognate covert. Except in the limited sense of cover again, the word recover is unrelated and is cognate with recuperate .


    • Rhymes: -ʌvə( r )


    cover ( plural: covers )

    1. A lid .
    2. A hiding from view .
    3. A front and back of a book or magazine .
    4. A top sheet of a bed .
    5. A cover charge .
      There's a $15 cover tonight .
    6. A setting at a restaurant table .
      We need to set another cover for the Smith party .
    7. ( music ) A rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song .
    8. ( cricket ) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position .
    9. ( topology ) A set ( more often known as a family ) of sets, whose union contains the given set .
      The open intervals are a cover for the real numbers .
    10. ( philately ) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc .
    11. ( military ) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire .
    12. ( law ) In commercial law, a buyer’s purchase on the open market of goods similar or identical to the goods contracted for after a seller has breached a contract of sale by failure to deliver the goods contracted for .
    13. ( insurance ) An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract .
    14. ( espionage ) A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative, cover story


    cover ( not comparable )

    1. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine .
    2. ( music ) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions .


    cover ( third-person singular simple present covers present participle covering, simple past and past participle covered ) ( generally transitive )

    1. To place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect .
      He covered the baby with a blanket .
      When the pot comes to a boil, cover it and reduce the heat to medium .
    2. To be over or upon, as to conceal or protect .
      The blanket covered the baby .
    3. To be upon all of, so as to completely conceal .
      Regular hexagons can cover the plane .
    4. To set upon all of, so as to completely conceal .
      You can cover the plane with regular hexagons .
    5. ( of a publication ) To discuss thoroughly, to provide good coverage of .
      The magazine covers such diverse topics as politics, news from the world of science, and the economy .
    6. To deal with
    7. To be enough money for .
      We've earned enough to cover most of our costs .
      Ten dollars should cover lunch .
    8. ( intransitive ) To act as a replacement .
      I need to take off Tuesday. Can you cover for me?
    9. ( transitive ) To have as an assignment or responsibility .
      Can you cover the morning shift tomorrow? I'll give you off next Monday instead .
      He is our salesman covering companies with headquarters in the northern provinces .
    10. ( music ) To make a cover version of ( a song that was originally recorded by another artist ) .
    11. ( military, law enforcement ) To protect using an aimed firearm and the threat of firing; or to protect using continuous, heaving fire at or in the direction of the enemy so as to force the enemy to remain in cover; or to threaten using an aimed firearm .
    12. To provide insurance coverage for .
      Does my policy cover accidental loss?
    13. To copulate with ( said of certain male animals such as dogs and horses ) .
      I would like to have my bitch covered next spring .
      The stallion has not covered the mare yet .



    • German: covern

Explanation of cover by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. clothe, as if for protection from the elements

    2. cover your head!
    3. sit on ( eggs )

    4. The female covers the eggs
    5. protect by insurance

    6. The insurance won't cover this
    7. be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism

    8. The cub reporter covered New York City
    9. maintain a check on

    10. The second officer covered the top floor
    11. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

    12. The course covered all of Western Civilization
    13. hold within range of an aimed firearm

    14. protect or defend ( a position in a game )

    15. he covered left field
    16. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game

    17. play a higher card than the one previously played

    18. Smith covered again
    19. form a cover over

    20. The grass covered the grave
    21. provide with a covering or cause to be covered

    22. cover her face with a handkerchief
      cover the child with a blanket
      cover the grave with flowers
    23. put something on top of something else

    24. cover the meat with a lot of gravy
    25. copulate with a female, used especially of horses

    26. The horse covers the mare
    27. cover as if with a shroud

    28. travel across or pass over

    29. The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day
    30. spread over a surface to conceal or protect

    31. This paint covers well
    32. hide from view or knowledge

    33. The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House
    34. be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of

    35. Is this enough to cover the check?
    36. to take an action to protect against future problems

    37. Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself
    38. help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities

    39. She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week
    40. invest with a large or excessive amount of something

    41. She covered herself with glory
    42. include in scope

    43. this should cover everyone in the group
    44. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities

    45. provide for

    46. The grant doesn't cover my salary
    47. span an interval of distance, space or time

    48. The period covered the turn of the century
      This farm covers some 200 acres
    1. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations

    2. artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal
    3. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

    4. the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft
    5. a false identity and background ( especially one created for an undercover agent )

    6. her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment

    Definition of cover by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cover ( 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. 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.” 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. 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.

    2. Cover ( 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 cover”.

      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 game. -- Under cover, in an envelope, or within a letter; -- said of a written message.

      Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her ladyship. Thackeray.

    3. Cover, v. i. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet. [Obs.] Shak.