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Definitions

  • Gluing and Staining Bench Covered with Zinc
    Gluing and Staining Bench Covered with Zinc
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cover clothe, as if for protection from the elements "cover your head!"
    • v cover sit on (eggs) "Birds brood","The female covers the eggs"
    • v cover protect by insurance "The insurance won't cover this"
    • v cover 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 cover maintain a check on; especially by patrolling "The second officer covered the top floor"
    • v cover act on 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 cover hold within range of an aimed firearm
    • v cover protect or defend (a position in a game) "he covered left field"
    • v cover be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
    • v cover play a higher card than the one previously played "Smith covered again"
    • v cover form a cover over "The grass covered the grave"
    • v cover 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 cover put something on top of something else "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
    • v cover copulate with a female, used especially of horses "The horse covers the mare"
    • v cover cover as if with a shroud "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
    • v cover travel across or pass over "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
    • v cover spread over a surface to conceal or protect "This paint covers well"
    • v cover hide from view or knowledge "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
    • v cover be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of "Is this enough to cover the check?"
    • v cover to take an action to protect against future problems "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
    • v cover help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
    • v cover invest with a large or excessive amount of something "She covered herself with glory"
    • v cover 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 cover make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities "he is compensating for being a bad father"
    • v cover provide for "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
    • v cover 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","The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"
    • n cover fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
    • n cover the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
    • n cover a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent) "her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
    • n cover the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book "the book had a leather binding"
    • n cover bedding that keeps a person warm in bed "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
    • n cover a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else "they made a cover of a Beatles' song"
    • n cover a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something "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"
    • n cover 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 cover a natural object that covers or envelops "under a covering of dust","the fox was flushed from its cover"
    • n cover a fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A boy covers his ears while a girl plays the piano A boy covers his ears while a girl plays the piano
A snow-covered barn and farmyard A snow-covered barn and farmyard
Front cover Front cover
Inside front cover Inside front cover
Cover and spine Cover and spine
Front cover of the book Front cover of the book
Cover Page Cover Page
Oak Stool with Brass Cover Oak Stool with Brass Cover

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the female grasshopper lays eggs, she covers her eggs with a pasty liquid that protects the eggs throughout the winter
    • Cover 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. "Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her ladyship."
    • Cover Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of a book.
    • Cover Anything which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a cloak. "Under cover of the night.""A handsome cover for imperfections."
    • Cover 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."
    • Cover (Steam Engine) The lap of a slide valve.
    • Cover (Hunting) The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to ride to cover .
    • Cover To brood or sit on; to incubate. "While the hen is covering her eggs, the male . . . diverts her with his songs."
    • Cover To copulate with (a female); to serve; as, a horse covers a mare; -- said of the male.
    • Cover To envelop; to clothe, as with a mantle or cloak. "And with the majesty of darkness round Covers his throne.""All that beauty than doth cover thee."
    • Cover 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.
    • Cover To hide sight; to conceal; to cloak; as, the enemy were covered from our sight by the woods. "A cloud covered the mount.""In vain shou striv'st to cover shame with shame."
    • Cover 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."
    • Cover To overspread the surface of (one thing) with another; as, to cover wood with paint or lacquer; to cover a table with a cloth.
    • Cover To put the usual covering or headdress on. "Cover thy head . . . ; nay, prithee, be covered ."
    • Cover To remove from remembrance; to put away; to remit. "Blessed is he whose is covered ."
    • Cover 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."
    • v. i Cover To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tropical rainforests cover about 7% of the Earth and receive over 80 inches of rain every year
    • cover To put something over or upon so as to protect, shut in, or conceal; overlay; overspread or envelop with something; specifically, to put a cover or covering (designed for the purpose) upon: as, to cover a dish; to cover a chair with plush; to cover a table with a cloth; to cover the body with clothes.
    • cover To hide or screen as by something overspread or intervening, either literally or figuratively; cause to be invisible or unobserved; put out of sight or consideration: as, the top of the mountain was covered by a cloud; they sought to cover their guilt: often followed by up: as, the thieves covered up their tracks.
    • cover To pardon or remit: a scriptural use.
    • cover Reflexively and figuratively, to invest or overspread (one's self or one's reputation with): as, he covered himself with glory.
    • cover To shelter; protect; defend: as, a squadron of horse covered the retreat.
    • cover To put the usual head-covering on; replace the hat on.
    • cover To travel or pass over; move through: as, the express covered the distance in fifteen minutes.
    • cover To copulate with: said of male animals.
    • cover To be equal to; be of the same extent or amount; be coextensive with; be equivalent to: as, the receipts do not cover the expenses.
    • cover To include, embrace, or comprehend: as, an offense not covered by any statute; the explanation does not cover all the facts of the case.
    • cover To aim at directly; bring into effective range and aim, as of a rifle or other firearm: as, he covered the thief with his pistol; hence, to command, in a military sense: occupy a commanding position with regard to.
    • cover To brood or sit on, as a hen on eggs or chicks.
    • cover To counterbalance; compensate for: as, to cover one's loss.
    • cover To contain; comprise.
    • cover In architecture, a recess left in a brick or stone wall to receive the roofing. Gwilt. Also covert-way.
    • cover To envelop or be spread over something so that it is invisible: specifically said of opaque paints (those having “body”), which readily conceal the material upon which they are spread.
    • cover To lay a table for a meal; prepare a banquet.
    • cover To put one's hat on.
    • n cover Something which is laid, placed, or spread over or upon another thing to inclose, close, envelop, or protect it: as, the cover of a box or a dish; the cover of a bed; the cover of a book.
    • n cover Something which veils, screens, or shuts from sight; an obstruction to vision or perception; a concealment; a screen; a disguise: as, to address a letter under cover to another person; he assumed the disguise of a merchant as a cover for his design.
    • n cover Shelter of any kind; defense, as against the weather or an enemy; protection: as, the troops fought under cover of the batteries.
    • n cover Shrubbery, woods, thicket, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game: as, to beat a cover; to ride to cover.
    • n cover In roofing, that part of a slate, tile, or shingle which is covered by the overlap of the course above.
    • n cover [Cf. F. couvert, with same sense: see couvert.] The utensils, such as plate, knives, forks, spoons, napkin, wine-glasses, etc., required at table by one person: so called because originally brought together in a case, or in compact form, for transportation, traveling, or the like: as, the traveling cover of King George IV. in the Jones collection at South Kensington; to lay a cover.
    • n cover The cap-head or end-piece of an upright steam-cylinder.
    • cover To gain; win; get; obtain.
    • cover To restore; recover; heal; cure.
    • cover To get on; advance.
    • cover To recover; get well.
    • cover In hockey, basket-ball, and other sports, to stand by the side of or in front of (an opponent), so as to render it impossible for him to make a play.
    • cover In cricket, to field; to catch or stop (the ball) and return it.
    • cover In card-playing, to play a higher card on a card led or played, when the higher card is not the best of the suit: as, queen on jack, when the ace and king have not yet boon played.
    • n cover In cricket, cover-point; a fielder who stands behind point, and more in the direction of the bowler; also, his position in the field.
    • n cover In calico-printing, a fine pattern engraved on a roller to be printed over a pattern in resist.
    • n cover In making a butt-joint in riveted work with plates, the lap-piece which covers the joint and is riveted to the butting edges. The double butt-joint has an outer and an inner cover-plate.
    • n cover The ordinary measure of land in South Wales, two thirds of an imperial acre.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During winter in Moscow the skating rinks cover more than 250,000 square meters of land.
    • v.t Cover kuv′ėr to hide: to clothe: to extend over: to brood or sit on: to be sufficient for: to protect: to table a coin of equal value in wagering: to copulate with—esp. of a stallion: to screen: to aim directly at
    • v.i Cover to spread over so as to conceal something: to lay a table for a meal: to put one's hat on
    • n Cover that which protects: undergrowth, thicket, concealing game, &c.: the table requisites for one person—plate, knife, fork, napkin, &c.: deceitfulness: a swindler's confederate
    • n Cover a place that covers or affords protection
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you're starting to look wrinkled, don't worry. It covers the scars.”
  • Mae West
    Mae%20West
    “You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.”
  • Monica Seles
    Monica Seles
    “I don't believe in playing hurt, in taking injections to cover the pain.”
  • Fiona Macleod
    Fiona Macleod
    “A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.”
  • J. J. Procter
    J. J. Procter
    “There are things of deadly earnest that can only be mentioned under the cover of a joke.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Between us, we cover all knowledge; he knows all that can be known and I know the rest.”

Idioms

Cover all the bases - If you cover all the bases, you deal with all aspects of a situation or issue, or anticipate all possibilities. ('Cover all bases' is also used.)
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Don't judge a book by the cover - This idiom means that you should not judge something or someone by appearances, but should look deeper at what is inside and more important.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

In close column formed line on the first company, the left guides cover; formed on the fourth company, right guides cover.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
At the sides, it reaches to the elbow, or middle of the forearm, and thus covers the whole of the body.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Moorland and meadow are covered with ice and snow.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
As I got my horse steady and threw my rifle down to cover him, he suddenly let the cartridge be and lifted an assegai.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
The flood passed over the town as it would over a pile of shingles, covering over or carrying with it everything that stood in its way.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Place the cover-slip, film uppermost, on the rubber mat, and cover it with an inverted watch-glass until dry.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The rich volcanic soil became covered with a profusion of vegetation.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Milk generally turns sour in an hour or two; and fish is never brought to market without being covered with lumps of ice.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
When you have finished putting down your butter, cover it with a layer of salt, and let it remain covered until cold weather.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
They should always be covered, using towel or pillow case, if they have not their own fitted covers.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Keep lightly covered, and away from draughts.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
The friends of coffee were covered with confusion.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Sunlight still slanted through the paper-covered west window and fell on the layer of leaves that covered White Bear's bed.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Let it boil very quick, skim it nicely; take off the cover, if likely to be too weak; otherwise keep it covered.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Usually the cap, stem, and the gills are covered with a floccose substance which will serve to identify the species.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Stew them over a slow fire covered close; strain the liquor through a hair sieve, cover it till cold, and put it in dry bottles.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
This is done by removing the cover during warm days and carefully covering at night.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
In other batteries using double covers, the tube is an integral part of the cover, as shown in Fig.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The firing was kept up, but still under cover.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Eighteenth-century surgical texts illustrated brass grease lamps with covers to regulate the flame.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
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In poetry:

So, till darkness cover
Life's retreating gleam,
Lover follows lover,
Dream succeeds to dream.
"While The West Is Paling" by William Ernest Henley
Over the peaceful veldt,
Silently, snowflakes fall!
Silently, slow, unfelt,
Cover the Past with a pall!
"The White Pall Of Peace" by Alfred Austin
"Thou shalt win Glory."
"In the skies,
Lord Jesus, cover up mine eyes
Lest they should look on vanities."
"The Three Enemies" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
--Holy peace will heal all ills,
Joy all losses cover,
Raptures rend our Southern skies,
When the war is over!
"When The War Is Over" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Here a pretty baby lies
Sung asleep with lullabies;
Pray be silent, and not stir
Th' easy earth that covers her.
"Upon A Child" by Robert Herrick
Peekaboo we used to play;
my hands covered my face,
your hands covered your face,
incredible, there we were gone.
"Day and Night" by Ho Xuan Huong

In news:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover most of the cost of debris removal in West Pittston Borough after Tropical Storm Lee left the town a mud-covered mess in September 2011.
If you think your regular old album covers are cool, you haven't seen those same album covers in motion.
Choose which cover you like the best by filling out the form below the cover images, and be entered into a drawing to win $100 (in honor of the PCT Top 100).
Still, she notes that a cover letter can be helpful, especially when it explains something that can't really be covered in the résumé itself, such as a gap in employment history or a position outside the person's obvious career track.
Kate Upton on the Cover of SI Swimsuit issue she is an American and when an American is on the cover the stock market does better.
I personally glean a lot from the cover letter, and have pulled together some cover letter -related tips for anyone on the job hunt.
Starting Jan 1, the Department of Health and Human Services and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina — which together cover 85 percent of births in the state — won't cover elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks, Haley said.
The Counting Crows drop an album of covers March 27th and are asking fans to create the cover art.
This cover image provided by Vogue shows actress Anne Hathaway on the cover of the December issue of "Vogue.".
To cover or not to cover.
Students were taught how to use duct tape to decorate book covers and were also got a lesson in how to make duct tape hats, cell phone covers and other creations.
Cover To Cover 'A Gangster and A Gentleman.
Cover Crop Solutions, Steve Groff and other leading cover crop innovators will be featured at the 18th annual Cover Crop Field Day, 9 a.m.-4 pm Thursday, Nov 1, at Groff's Cedar Meadow Farm, 535 Drytown Road, Holtwood.
A Christmas tree covered James Byrnes living room is covered in his glass ornaments.
Now and again I look back into the past in other binders in the collection of the Archives & Museum, just to be sure I didn't miss something I wanted to cover or something that ought to have been covered that I simply missed.
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In science:

The covering (Qi )i∈I is nontrivial if the covering (kerκi )i∈I is nontrivial.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Theorem 4.1 then implies that the shortest multicurve representing h has one component, which is multiply covered if h is not primitive (if h = (m, n), with d = gcd(m, n), then the shortest multicurve representing h is covered d times).
A norm on homology of surfaces and counting simple geodesics
We can glue the small pieces of walks on T ′ (resp. T ′′ ) together into a single walk, covering T ′ (resp. T ′′ ) because W covers T .
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
In particular, the Jacobian of a tree-like semistable curve is the product of the Jacobians of its components. A finite morphism C → D of semi-stable curves is called a semistable cover (or an admissible cover) if 1.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
In the special case when D has two exactly components (call them D1 and D2 ), such a cover can be constructed in one of two ways: I Let C1 → D1 be a double cover that is not branched at the common point p = D1 ∩ D2 .
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
The curve C1 is an elliptic curve and the curve C2 is any hyperelliptic curve of genus g − 1. 2. A covering of type (I) which is the degeneration of a double cover C → D where D has genus at least 2 and the cover is ´etale.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
The curve D1 is any elliptic curve, C1 → D1 is an ´etale double cover and D2 is any curve of genus one less than that of D . 3. A covering of type (I) which is the degeneration of a double cover C → D where D has genus at least 1 and the cover is ramified at some point.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
The curve D1 is any curve of genus one less than that of D and C1 → D1 is a double cover ramified at the same number of points as the cover C → D ; D2 is any elliptic curve.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
Now assume that the base curve of the double cover has genus g at least 1 and the cover is ramified.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
Using the ”stretched lattice” representation of the percolation cluster, we show (in preparation) that the cover time of Cd (n) for d ≥ 3 is Θ(nd log2 n) compared with Θ(nd log n) for the cover time of Bd (n).
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
The construction is therefore slightly more involved: Using the fact that the Teichm¨uller space is a covering of the moduli space, we first pull back the bundle V by the covering map to T ˆX and then restrict it to the submanifold TX .
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Similarly, if a black square is not covered by a domino, the white square to the left is not covered either.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Hence, the squares that are not already covered can be covered by N-dominoes.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
We now describe the 1-1-correspondence between PM, N and the set of all dimer configurations on GM, N . A dimer covers a vertical edge if and only if we have a random walk step, in one of the paths, which intersects the vertical edge. A dimer covers a horizontal edge if and only if no random walk path hits this edge.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Vertex cover: A vertex cover of a graph is a subset of the vertices containing at least one extremity of every edge of the graph.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
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