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[n] bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
[n] a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
[n] anything that covers; "there was a blanket of snow"
[v] cover as if with a blanket; as of snow
[v] form a blanket-like cover (over)


cover, mantle

Misc. Definitions

\Blan"ket\, n. [F. blanchet, OF. also blanket, a woolen waistcoat or shirt, the blanket of a printing press; prop. white woolen stuff, dim. of blanc white; blanquette a kind of white pear, fr. blanc white. See {Blank}, a.]
1. A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually of wool, and having a nap, used in bed clothing; also, a similar fabric used as a robe; or any fabric used as a cover for a horse.
2. (Print.) A piece of rubber, felt, or woolen cloth, used in the tympan to make it soft and elastic.
3. A streak or layer of blubber in whales. Note: The use of blankets formerly as curtains in theaters explains the following figure of Shakespeare. --Nares. Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark To cry, ``Hold, hold!'' --Shak. {Blanket sheet}, a newspaper of folio size. {A wet blanket}, anything which damps, chills, dispirits, or discour?ges.
\Blan"ket\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanketed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blanketing}.]
1. To cover with a blanket. I'll . . . blanket my loins. --Shak.
2. To toss in a blanket by way of punishment. We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall. --B. Jonson.
3. To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of her. {Blanket cattle}. See {Belted cattle}, under {Belted}.

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