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[n] fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
[n] the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
[n] the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding"
[n] bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
[n] a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness"
[n] 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"
[n] a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
[n] a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink
[v] clothe, as if for protection from the elements; "cover your head!"
[v] sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
[v] protect or defend a position in a game; "he covered left field"
[v] be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
[v] play a higher card than the one previously played; "Smith covered again"
[v] protect by insurance; "The insurance won't cover this"
[v] 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"
[v] maintain a check on; esp. by patrolling; "The second officer covered the top floor"
[v] 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"
[v] hold within range of an aimed firearm
[v] form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"
[v] 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"
[v] put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
[v] copulate with a female, used esp. of horses; "The horse covers the mare"
[v] cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
[v] travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
[v] spread over a surface to conceal or protect; "This paint covers well"
[v] hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
[v] be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of; "Is this enough to cover the check?"
[v] to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself."
[v] help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities; "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
[v] invest with a large or excessive amount of something; "She covered herself with glory"
[v] 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"
[v] make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father"
[v] provide for; "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
[v] 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"


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Misc. Definitions

\Cov"er\ (k?v"?r), v. t. [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. 1
5. 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. 2
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.
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. 1
1. To copulate with (a female); to serve; as, a horse covers a mare; -- said of the male. {To cover} {ground or 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.
\Cov"er\ (k?v"?r), 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. ``Under cover of the night.'' -- Macaulay. 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.
5. That portion of a slate, tile, or shingle, which is hidden by the overlap of the course above. --Knight.
6. (Steam Engine) The lap of a slide valve.
7. [Cf. F. couvert.] 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.
\Cov"er\, v. i. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet. [Obs.] --Shak.

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