Definition of Cover

1. Noun. A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something. "The simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"

Exact synonyms: Concealment, Covert, Screen
Specialized synonyms: Blind, Camouflage, Shoji, Stalking-horse
Generic synonyms: Covering

2. Verb. Provide with a covering or cause to be covered. "They cover the halls with holly"; "Cover the grave with flowers"

3. Noun. Bedding that keeps a person warm in bed. "He pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
Exact synonyms: Blanket
Specialized synonyms: Afghan, Electric Blanket, Mackinaw, Mackinaw Blanket, Manta, Security Blanket
Generic synonyms: Bed Clothing, Bedclothes, Bedding
Derivative terms: Coverlet

4. Verb. Form a cover over. "Holly flowers cover the halls"; "The grass covered the grave"
Exact synonyms: Spread Over
Specialized synonyms: Flood, Bloody, Mist, Mist Over, Glaciate, Strew, Grass, Grass Over, Cake, Coat, Drown, Overwhelm, Submerge, Mantle, Cloak, Clothe, Drape, Robe, Blanket, Carpet, Smother, Shroud
Generic synonyms: Adjoin, Contact, Meet, Touch
Derivative terms: Covering

5. Noun. The act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it. "The cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
Exact synonyms: Covering, Masking, Screening
Generic synonyms: Concealing, Concealment, Hiding
Derivative terms: Mask, Screen

6. Verb. Span an interval of distance, space or time. "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"
Exact synonyms: Continue, Extend
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Cross, Span, Sweep, Traverse, Sweep, Overlap, Overspread, Spread, Ridge, Constellate, Dot, Stud
Derivative terms: Extent

7. Noun. The protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book. "The book had a leather binding"
Exact synonyms: Back, Binding, Book Binding
Group relationships: Book, Volume
Specialized synonyms: Half Binding, Three-quarter Binding
Generic synonyms: Protection, Protective Cover, Protective Covering
Derivative terms: Back, Bind

8. Verb. Provide for. "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
Generic synonyms: Fulfil, Fulfill, Live Up To, Satisfy

9. Noun. A natural object that covers or envelops. "The fox was flushed from its cover"

10. Verb. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression. "The new book treats the history of China"
Exact synonyms: Address, Deal, Handle, Plow, Treat
Generic synonyms: Broach, Initiate
Specialized synonyms: Theologise, Theologize, Discourse, Discuss, Talk About
Related verbs: Do By, Handle, Treat, Comprehend, Embrace, Encompass
Derivative terms: Coverage, Treatment

11. Noun. Covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container). "Put the cover back on the kettle"
Exact synonyms: Top
Specialized synonyms: Cap, Lid, Manhole Cover, Screwtop
Generic synonyms: Covering

12. Verb. Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory. "This should cover everyone in the group"
Exact synonyms: Comprehend, Embrace, Encompass
Related verbs: Address, Deal, Handle, Plow, Treat
Generic synonyms: Include
Derivative terms: Comprehension, Comprehensive, Comprehensive, Encompassment

13. Noun. Fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations. "Artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
Exact synonyms: Covering Fire
Generic synonyms: Fire, Firing

14. Verb. Travel across or pass over. "These men cover the river"; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"

15. Noun. A fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink.
Exact synonyms: Cover Charge
Generic synonyms: Fixed Charge, Fixed Cost, Fixed Costs

16. Verb. Be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism. "They won't cover the story "; "The cub reporter covered New York City"
Exact synonyms: Report
Generic synonyms: Inform
Derivative terms: Coverage, Report, Report, Reportage, Reporter, Reporting

17. Noun. A recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else. "They made a cover of a Beatles' song"
Exact synonyms: Cover Song, Cover Version
Generic synonyms: Recording

18. Verb. Hold within range of an aimed firearm.
Generic synonyms: Protect
Related verbs: Continue, Extend

19. Noun. A false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent). "Her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
Generic synonyms: Concealing, Concealment, Hiding

20. Verb. To take an action to protect against future problems. "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
Related verbs: Insure, Underwrite
Generic synonyms: Protect

21. Verb. Hide from view or knowledge. "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
Exact synonyms: Cover Up
Generic synonyms: Conceal, Hide
Specialized synonyms: Gloss Over, Hush Up, Sleek Over, Whitewash
Derivative terms: Covering, Cover-up

22. Verb. Protect or defend (a position in a game). "He covered left field"
Generic synonyms: Protect
Specialized synonyms: Double-team

23. Verb. Maintain a check on; especially by patrolling. "The second officer covered the top floor"
Generic synonyms: Ascertain, Assure, Check, Control, Ensure, Insure, See, See To It
Related verbs: Report

24. Verb. Protect by insurance. "The insurance won't cover this"
Exact synonyms: Insure, Underwrite
Specialized synonyms: Reinsure, Indemnify
Generic synonyms: Guarantee, Warrant
Related verbs: Compensate, Overcompensate
Derivative terms: Coverage, Insurance, Insurer, Underwriter, Underwriter

25. Verb. Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities. "He is compensating for being a bad father"

26. Verb. Invest with a large or excessive amount of something. "She covered herself with glory"
Generic synonyms: Empower, Endow, Endue, Gift, Indue, Invest

27. Verb. Help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities. "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
Generic synonyms: Deputise, Deputize, Step In, Substitute

28. Verb. Be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of. "Is this enough to cover the check?"
Generic synonyms: Be

29. Verb. Spread over a surface to conceal or protect. "This paint covers well"
Generic synonyms: Conceal, Hide
Derivative terms: Covering, Covering

30. Verb. Cover as if with a shroud. "The wind storms cover the area with dust and dirt"; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
Exact synonyms: Enshroud, Hide, Shroud
Generic synonyms: Enclose, Enfold, Envelop, Enwrap, Wrap
Derivative terms: Shroud

31. Verb. Copulate with a female, used especially of horses. "The horse covers the mare"
Exact synonyms: Breed
Category relationships: Animal Husbandry
Related verbs: Brood, Hatch, Incubate
Generic synonyms: Copulate, Couple, Mate, Pair

32. Verb. Put something on top of something else. "Cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
Exact synonyms: Overlay
Specialized synonyms: Splash
Derivative terms: Overlay, Overlayer

33. Verb. Play a higher card than the one previously played. "Smith covered again"
Category relationships: Card Game, Cards
Generic synonyms: Play

34. Verb. Be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game.
Generic synonyms: Protect

35. Verb. Sit on (eggs). "The female covers the eggs"
Exact synonyms: Brood, Hatch, Incubate
Generic synonyms: Multiply, Procreate, Reproduce
Related verbs: Hatch, Breed
Entails: Sit, Sit Down
Derivative terms: Brood, Brooder, Hatch, Incubation, Incubator

36. Verb. Clothe, as if for protection from the elements. "Cover your head!"
Exact synonyms: Wrap Up
Generic synonyms: Apparel, Clothe, Dress, Enclothe, Fit Out, Garb, Garment, Habilitate, Raiment, Tog
Derivative terms: Covering

Definition of Cover

1. v. t. 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. n. Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of a book.

3. v. i. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet.

Definition of Cover

1. Noun. A lid. ¹

2. Noun. A hiding from view. ¹

3. Noun. A front and back of a book or magazine. ¹

4. Noun. A top sheet of a bed. ¹

5. Noun. A cover charge. ¹

6. Noun. A setting at a restaurant table. ¹

7. Noun. (music) A rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song. ¹

8. Noun. (cricket) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position. ¹

9. Noun. (topology) A set (more often known as a ''family'') of sets, whose union contains the given set. ¹

10. Noun. (philately) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc. ¹

11. Noun. (military) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire. ¹

12. Noun. (legal) In commercial law, a buyer’s purchase on the open market of goods similar or identical to the goods contracted for after a seller has breached a contract of sale by failure to deliver the goods contracted for. ¹

13. Noun. (context: insurance) An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract. ¹

14. Noun. (context: espionage) A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative, cover story ¹

15. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine. ¹

16. Adjective. (music) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions. ¹

17. Verb. To place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect. ¹

18. Verb. To be over or upon, as to conceal or protect. ¹

19. Verb. To be upon all of, so as to completely conceal. ¹

20. Verb. To set upon all of, so as to completely conceal. ¹

21. Verb. (context: of a publication) To discuss thoroughly, to provide good coverage of. ¹

22. Verb. To deal with ¹

23. Verb. To be enough money for. ¹

24. Verb. (intransitive) To act as a replacement. ¹

25. Verb. (transitive) To have as an assignment or responsibility. ¹

26. Verb. (music) To make a cover version of (a song that was originally recorded by another artist). ¹

27. Verb. (military law enforcement) To protect using an aimed firearm and the threat of firing; ''or'' to protect using continuous, heaving fire at or in the direction of the enemy so as to force the enemy to remain in cover; ''or'' to threaten using an aimed firearm. ¹

28. Verb. To provide insurance coverage for. ¹

29. Verb. To copulate with (said of certain male animals such as dogs and horses). ¹

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Definition of Cover

1. to place something over or upon [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Cover

1. Anything that provides protection from predators or ameliorates adverse conditions of streamflow and/or seasonal changes in metabolic costs. May be instream cover, turbulence, and/or overhead cover, and may be for the purpose of escape, feeding, hiding, or resting. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cover

covenants of title
cover (current term)
cover-uncover test
cover all of one's bases
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cover artist
cover artists
cover board
cover charge
cover charges

Literary usage of Cover

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weeklyby Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1902)
"7 full-page illustrations ; frontispiece in colors, ornamental cover . ... 16 hands of celebrities, unique cover ...... 75c. PRACTICAL HYPNOTISM. ..."

2. Bulletin by United States Bureau of Labor, United States Office of Education (1908)
"cover-title. 454. Chapter 17. Introduction of reindeer Into Alaska. ... cover-title. 456. Chapter 19. List of educational periodicals in the United States ..."

3. Philosophical Magazine (1805)
"A spark will strike to any conducting body brought near the cover. (See No. 13.) " 2. The cover will always be in the opposite state to the excited cake," ..."

4. Biennial Report by Oregon Board of Horticulture (1905)
"This combination made a better cover than the two mentioned above in which turnips were used. There was a better catch of turnips and the growth was just as ..."

5. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... a cap to cover well over the head; the same applies to Nerissa; unless these disguises are complete, the scene loses its power. ..."

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