Definitions of cover

  1. 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.
  2. To hide: to clothe: to shelter: to brood or sit on: to be sufficient for, as to cover expense.
  3. To spread over; hide; clothe; protect; suffice for.
  4. Put on a hat or headdress.
  5. To lay a table for a meal: to prepare a banquet. Shak. " To cover courtly for a king."- Greene.
  6. sit on ( eggs); " Birds brood"; " The female covers the eggs"
  7. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; " he is compensating for being a bad father"
  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. clothe, as if for protection from the elements; " cover your head!"
  10. play a higher card than the one previously played; " Smith covered again"
  11. hide from view or knowledge; " The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
  12. 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"
  13. form a cover over; " The grass covered the grave"
  14. protect or defend ( a position in a game); " he covered left field"
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Dining apparatus for one.
  18. the front and back covering of a book; " the book had a leather binding"
  19. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; " the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
  20. a natural object that covers or envelops; " under a covering of dust"; " the fox was flushed from its cover"
  21. a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink
  22. a false identity and background ( especially one created for an undercover agent); " her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
  23. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else; " they made a cover of a Beatles' song"
  24. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; " The second officer covered the top floor"
  25. hold within range of an aimed firearm
  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. 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.
  52. That which covers or protects: ( hunting) the retreat of a fox or hare.
  53. Shelter; protection; anything that covers.
  54. That which covers; a veil or disguise; a shelter, as a thicket; defense; protection.
  55. Table furniture for one person.
  56. Anything that covers; a screen; shelter; protection; the woods, underbush, & c., which shelter and conceal game.
  57. Anything laid or spread over something else; anything that veils or conceals; disguise; shelter; protection.