Cover

Definition of Cover

Cov´er   Pronunciation: k?v´?r
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Covered (-?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Covering.]
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
6.(Steam Engine) The lap of a slide valve.
7.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.
v. i.1.To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet.

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