What is the meaning of cover?

Subtopics: military 


  • A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something.
    • usage: "a screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness"; "the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"
  • Bedding that keeps a person warm in bed.
    • usage: "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
  • The act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it.
    • usage: "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
  • The protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book.
    • usage: "the book had a leather binding"
  • A natural object that covers or envelops.
    • usage: "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
  • Covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container. )
    • usage: "he removed the top of the carton"; "he couldn't get the top off of the bottle"; "put the cover back on the kettle"
  • Fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations.
    • usage: "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
  • A fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink.
  • A recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else.
    • usage: "they made a cover of a Beatles' song"
  • A false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent. )
    • usage: "her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"


  • Provide with a covering or cause to be covered.
    • usage: "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
  • Form a cover over.
    • usage: "The grass covered the grave"
  • Span an interval of distance, space or time.
    • usage: "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"; "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"
  • Provide for.
    • usage: "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
  • Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression.
    • usage: "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
  • Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory.
    • usage: "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"
  • Travel across or pass over.
    • usage: "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
  • Be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism.
    • usage: "Snow reported on China in the 1950's"; "The cub reporter covered New York City"
  • Hold within range of an aimed firearm.
  • To take an action to protect against future problems.
    • usage: "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
  • Hide from view or knowledge.
    • usage: "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
  • Protect or defend (a position in a game. )
    • usage: "he covered left field"
  • Maintain a check on; especially by patrolling.
    • usage: "The second officer covered the top floor"
  • Protect by insurance.
    • usage: "The insurance won't cover this"
  • Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities.
    • usage: "he is compensating for being a bad father"
  • Invest with a large or excessive amount of something.
    • usage: "She covered herself with glory"
  • Help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities.
    • usage: "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
  • Be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of.
    • usage: "Is this enough to cover the check"
  • Spread over a surface to conceal or protect.
    • usage: "This paint covers well"
  • Cover as if with a shroud.
    • usage: "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
  • Copulate with a female, used especially of horses.
    • usage: "The horse covers the mare"
  • Put something on top of something else.
    • usage: "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
  • Play a higher card than the one previously played.
    • usage: "Smith covered again"
  • Be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game.
  • Sit on (eggs. )
    • usage: "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
  • Clothe, as if for protection from the elements.
    • usage: "cover your head"
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APAWordNet. (2010). cover. Retrieved May 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/cover/definitions/1192945
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "cover" http://smartdefine.org/cover/definitions/1192945 (accessed May 26, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, cover, Smart Define, viewed 26 May, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/cover/definitions/1192945>.
MLAWordNet. "cover" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 May 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/cover/definitions/1192945>
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