Cove

Definition of Cove

Pronunciation: k?vd
n.1.
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.
3.(Arch.) A concave molding.
v. t.1.(Arch.) To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove.
[imp. & p. p. Coved (k?vd); p. pr. & vb. n. Coving.]
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.
1.To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds their eggs.
Not being able to cove or sit upon them [eggs], she [the female tortoise] bestoweth them in the gravel.
- Holland.
n.1.A boy or man of any age or station.
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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