- Rhymes: -ʌvə( r )
- A lid .
- A hiding from view .
- A front and back of a book or magazine .
- A top sheet of a bed .
- A cover charge .
- A setting at a restaurant table .
- ( music ) A rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song .
- ( cricket ) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position .
- ( topology ) A set ( more often known as a family ) of sets, whose union contains the given set .
- ( philately ) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc .
- ( military ) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire .
- ( 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 .
- ( insurance ) An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract .
- ( espionage ) A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative, cover story
- To place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect .
- To be over or upon, as to conceal or protect .
- To be upon all of, so as to completely conceal .
- To set upon all of, so as to completely conceal .
- ( of a publication ) To discuss thoroughly, to provide good coverage of .
- To deal with
- To be enough money for .
- ( intransitive ) To act as a replacement .
- ( transitive ) To have as an assignment or responsibility .
- ( music ) To make a cover version of ( a song that was originally recorded by another artist ) .
- ( 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 .
- To provide insurance coverage for .
- To copulate with ( said of certain male animals such as dogs and horses ) .
- German: covern
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 .
Explanation of cover by Wordnet Dictionary
- cover your head!
- Smith covered again
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover, v. i. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet. [Obs.] Shak.
Definition of cover by GCIDE Dictionary