Definitions of cover

  1. the front and back covering of a book; " the book had a leather binding"
  2. hinder or prevent ( the efforts, plans, or desires) of; " What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; " foil your opponent"
  3. bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; " he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
  4. sit on ( eggs); " Birds brood"; " The female covers the eggs"
  5. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; " he is compensating for being a bad father"
  6. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; " This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; " this should cover everyone in the group"
  7. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; " they crouched behind the screen"; " under cover of darkness"
  8. span an interval of distance, space or time; " The war extended over five years"; " The period covered the turn of the century"; " My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; " This farm covers some 200 acres"
  9. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; " artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
  10. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; " the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
  11. covering for a hole ( especially a hole in the top of a container); " he removed the top of the carton"; " he couldn't get the top off of the bottle"; " put the cover back on the kettle"
  12. a natural object that covers or envelops; " under a covering of dust"; " the fox was flushed from its cover"
  13. a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink
  14. clothe, as if for protection from the elements; " cover your head!"
  15. play a higher card than the one previously played; " Smith covered again"
  16. hide from view or knowledge; " The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
  17. deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; " This book deals with incest"; " The course covered all of Western Civilization"; " The new book treats the history of China"
  18. protect by insurance; " The insurance won't cover this"
  19. be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism; " Snow reported on China in the 1950's"; " The cub reporter covered New York City"
  20. form a cover over; " The grass covered the grave"
  21. a false identity and background ( especially one created for an undercover agent); " her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
  22. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else; " they made a cover of a Beatles' song"
  23. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; " The second officer covered the top floor"
  24. hold within range of an aimed firearm
  25. protect or defend ( a position in a game); " he covered left field"
  26. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
  27. provide with a covering or cause to be covered; " cover her face with a handkerchief"; " cover the child with a blanket"; " cover the grave with flowers"
  28. copulate with a female, used especially of horses; " The horse covers the mare"
  29. spread over a surface to conceal or protect; " This paint covers well"
  30. to take an action to protect against future problems; " Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
  31. help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities; " She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
  32. invest with a large or excessive amount of something; " She covered herself with glory"
  33. provide for; " The grant doesn't cover my salary"
  34. To overspread the surface of ( one thing) with another; as, to cover wood with paint or lacquer; to cover a table with a cloth.
  35. To envelop; to clothe, as with a mantle or cloak.
  36. To invest ( one's self with something); to bring upon ( one's self); as, he covered himself with glory.
  37. To hide sight; to conceal; to cloak; as, the enemy were covered from our sight by the woods.
  38. To brood or sit on; to incubate.
  39. To shelter, as from evil or danger; to protect; to defend; as, the cavalry covered the retreat.
  40. To remove from remembrance; to put away; to remit.
  41. 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.
  42. To put the usual covering or headdress on.
  43. To copulate with ( a female); to serve; as, a horse covers a mare; -- said of the male.
  44. Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of a book.
  45. Anything which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a cloak.
  46. Shelter; protection; as, the troops fought under cover of the batteries; the woods afforded a good cover.
  47. The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to ride to cover.
  48. The lap of a slide valve.
  49. 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.
  50. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet.
  51. To put something over; to conceal; to overspread, as the top of anything; to sit upon or incubate, as a hen her eggs; to overrun; extand thickly over an area; to include or be sufflcient for; to pass over, as a space; shelter; clothe.
  52. Put on a hat or headdress.
  53. That which is laid on something else; a protection; a shelter; a thicket concealing game; the table equipment at a meal, especially for one person.
  54. To hide: to clothe: to shelter: to brood or sit on: to be sufficient for, as to cover expense.
  55. That which covers or protects: ( hunting) the retreat of a fox or hare.
  56. To lay a table for a meal: to prepare a banquet. Shak. " To cover courtly for a king."- Greene.
  57. Shelter; protection; anything that covers.
  58. To spread over; hide; clothe; protect; suffice for.
  59. To suffice or compensate for.
  60. To accomplish; pass over, as a distance.
  61. That which covers; a veil or disguise; a shelter, as a thicket; defense; protection.
  62. Table furniture for one person.
  63. Dining apparatus for one.
  64. Anything that covers; a screen; shelter; protection; the woods, underbush, & c., which shelter and conceal game.
  65. To spread over with something; to conceal by something overspread or interposed; to clothe; to overwhelm; to conceal from notice or punishment; to refrain from disclosing or confessing; to wrap or envelop; to shelter; to incubate; to be of equal extent; to be equivalent to; to include or embrace.
  66. Anything laid or spread over something else; anything that veils or conceals; disguise; shelter; protection.
  67. To overspread the surface or top of anything by another thing; to veil or conceal from view by some intervening object; to clothe; to shelter; to protect; to equal or be equivalent to.

Usage examples for cover

  1. She longed to cover them with her hands; or bid him look away over the woods and water, while he went on saying these sweet things to her. – The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  2. As we wanted to be together, we did not go to the theatre that day and when we got home I did not wait for Marcoline to undress to cover her with kisses. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  3. We beat the cover almost to the road. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  4. What have you at that corner there, under the cover? – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  5. A hundred and fifty dollars will cover everything! – After a Shadow, and Other Stories by T. S. Arthur
  6. We should be under cover now. – Captain Jim by Mary Grant Bruce
  7. She had read The Family Poetry Book through from cover to cover, a hundred times at least. – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  8. Will they never fight except under cover? – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  9. Remain under cover inside the room, but in sight of the stairway. – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  10. Silvio did not stir, but said softly, under the bed- cover,- " I really mean just what I say." – Rico And Wiseli Rico And Stineli, And How Wiseli Was Provided For by Johanna Spyri
  11. It had need to keep its head under cover. – Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom by T. W. Allies
  12. She listened carefully, and as the sound seemed to come from the basket, she removed the cover. – Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole
  13. The book is alive from cover to cover. – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  14. Then there was another ten minutes' wait, that the girls tried to cover with conversation. – Grace Harlowe's Senior Year at High School or The Parting of the Ways by Jessie Graham Flower
  15. Neither was there any name, save her own on the cover. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  16. But after this I'll keep the cover on, so no more of my little Bunkers will get into trouble." – Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's by Laura Lee Hope
  17. " I doubt if a yacht could take us there," said Heath, smiling as if to cover something grave or sad. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  18. The next moment two horsemen broke from the dense cover about him, and flung out of the saddle. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  19. Cover one- half of meat with cold water. – Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918) by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss