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covering

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cover \Cov"er\ (k?v"?r), verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Covering \Cov"er*ing\, noun Anything which covers or conceals, as a roof, a screen, a wrapper, clothing, etc.

Noah removed the covering of the ark. --Gen. viii. 13.

They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. --Job. xxiv. 7.

A covering over the well's mouth. --2 Sam. xvii. 19.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

covering

noun

1: a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover" [syn: {covering}, {natural covering}, {cover}]

2: an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

3: the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft" [syn: {cover}, {covering}, {screening}, {masking}]

4: the act of protecting something by covering it

5: the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for a coating of paint"; [syn: {application}, {coating}, {covering}]

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