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cover definition

Overview

This page has 50 definitions of cover with English translations in 9 languages. Cover is a noun, an adjective and verb. Examples of how to use cover in a sentence are shown. Also define these 83 related words and terms: lid, view, book, magazine, compact disc, package, sheet, bed, car, sofa, cover charge, setting, restaurant, dinner, music, rerecording, cover version, cover song, cricket, fielding, position, off, point, mid off, forward, square, fielder, topology, family, philately, envelope, stamp, postmark, military, solid, object, terrain, protection, enemy, law, purchase, goods, breach, contract, insurance, coverage, espionage, persona, cover story, swindler, confederate, overlap, course, steam engine, lap, slide valve, construction, reinforcing, steel, concrete, place, over, upon, conceal, protect, hat, discuss, thoroughly, deal with, include, enough, money, law enforcement, copulate, impregnate, chess, control, sports, defend, cover, storage medium, covern, and versão cover.

See also: Cover

English cover definition

Etymology

From Middle English coveren, borrowed from Old French covrir, cueuvrir (modern French couvrir), from Late Latin coperire, from Latin cooperiō (I cover completely), from co- (intensive prefix) + operiō (I close, cover). Displaced native Middle English thecchen and bethecchen (to cover) (from Old English þeccan, beþeccan (to cover)), Middle English helen, (over)helen, (for)helen (to cover, conceal) (from Old English helan (to conceal, cover, hide)), Middle English wrien, (be)wreon (to cover) (from Old English (be)wrēon (to cover)), Middle English hodren, hothren (to cover up) (from Low German hudren (to cover up)).

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the original sense of the verb and noun cover was “hide from view” as in its cognate covert. Except in the limited sense of “cover again,” the word recover is unrelated and is cognate with recuperate. Cognate with Spanish cubrir (to cover).

Pronunciation

Noun

cover (countable and uncountable, plural covers)

  1. A lid.
  2. (uncountable) Area or situation which screens a person or thing from view.
    The soldiers took cover behind a ruined building.
  3. The front and back of a book, magazine, CD package, etc.
    • Book definition
      A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. (1 of 14 book definitions)
  4. The top sheet of a bed.
  5. A cloth, usually fitted, placed over an item such as a car or sofa to protect it from dust, rain, etc. when not in use.
    • Car definition
      A wheeled vehicle that moves independently, with at least three wheels, powered mechanically, steered by a driver and mostly for personal transportation. (1 of 13 car definitions)
  6. A cover charge.
    There's a $15 cover tonight.
    • Cover Charge definition
      An amount of money to be paid for entering a bar or restaurant where entertainment is provided. (1 of 2 cover charge definitions)
  7. A setting at a restaurant table or formal dinner.
    • 1897, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity[1]:
      When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.
    We need to set another cover for the Smith party.
  8. (music) A new performance or rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song.
  9. (cricket) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position.
  10. (topology) A set (more often known as a family) of sets, whose union contains the given set.
    The open intervals are a cover for the real numbers.
  11. (philately) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc.
    • Envelope definition
      A paper or cardboard wrapper used to enclose small, flat items, especially letters, for mailing. (1 of 11 envelope definitions)
    • Postmark definition
      A marking made by a postal service on a letter, package, postcard or the like, usually indicating the place where and the date and time when the item was received or processed for the first time, and often serving to cancel a postage stamp.
  12. (military) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire.
    • Solid definition
      That can be picked up or held, having a texture, and usually firm. Unlike a liquid or a gas. (1 of 15 solid definitions)
  13. (law) 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.
    • Purchase definition
      The acquisition of title to, or property in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent. (1 of 9 purchase definitions)
  14. (insurance) An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract.
  15. (espionage) A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative; cover story.
    • Espionage definition
      The act or process of learning secret information through clandestine means.
  16. (dated) A swindler's confederate.
  17. The portion of a slate, tile, or shingle that is hidden by the overlap of the course above.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  18. In a steam engine, the lap of a slide valve.
  19. (construction) The distance between reinforcing steel and the exterior of concrete.

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Translations

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Adjective

cover (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.
  2. (music) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.

Translations

Verb

cover (third-person singular simple present covers, present participle covering, simple past and past participle covered)

  1. (transitive) To place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect.
    He covered the baby with a blanket.
    When the pot comes to a boil, cover it and reduce the heat to medium.
    • Conceal definition
      To hide something from view or from public knowledge, to try to keep something secret.
  2. (transitive) To be over or upon, as to conceal or protect.
    The blanket covered the baby.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., [], [1933], OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
    • 2013 May-June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200:
      Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— []. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.
  3. (transitive) To be upon all of, so as to completely conceal.
    Regular hexagons can cover the plane.
  4. (transitive) To set upon all of, so as to completely conceal.
    You can cover the plane with regular hexagons.
  5. (intransitive, dated) To put on one's hat.
    • 1904, Rawdon Lubbock Brown, Calendar of State Papers and Manuscripts:
      All the while he held his hat in his hand; and even until he had given his answer, when he covered and bade us be.
  6. (transitive) To invest (oneself with something); to bring upon (oneself).
    The heroic soldier covered himself with glory.
    • 1842, Henry Brougham, Political Philosophy
      the powers that covered themselves with everlasting infamy by the partition of Poland
  7. (of a publication) To discuss thoroughly; to provide coverage of.
    The magazine covers such diverse topics as politics, news from the world of science, and the economy.
  8. To deal with or include someone or something.
    • 2010 (publication date), "Contributors", Discover, ISSN 0274-7529, volume 32, number 1, January–February 2011, page 7:
      Richard Morgan covers science for The Economist, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired.
    • Include definition
      To bring into a group, class, set, or total as a (new) part or member. (1 of 5 include definitions)
  9. To be enough money for.
    We've earned enough to cover most of our costs.
    Ten dollars should cover lunch.
  10. (intransitive) To act as a replacement.
    I need to take off Tuesday. Can you cover for me?
  11. (transitive) To have as an assignment or responsibility.
    Can you cover the morning shift tomorrow? I'll give you off next Monday instead.
    He is our salesman covering companies with headquarters in the northern provinces.
  12. (music) To make a cover version of (a song that was originally recorded by another artist).
  13. (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.
  14. To provide insurance coverage for.
    Does my policy cover accidental loss?
  15. To copulate with (said of certain male animals such as dogs and horses).
    • 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)[2]:
      Among animals in a domesticated or confined state it is easy to find evidence of homosexual attraction, due merely to the absence of the other sex. This was known to the ancients; the Egyptians regarded two male partridges as the symbol of homosexuality, and Aristotle noted that two female pigeons would cover each other if no male was at hand.
    I would like to have my bitch covered next spring.
    The stallion has not covered the mare yet.
    Synonym: impregnate
  16. (chess, transitive) To protect or control (a piece or square).
    In order to checkmate a king on the side of the board, the five squares adjacent to the king must all be covered.
  17. To extend over a given period of time or range, to occupy, to stretch over a given area.
  18. (sports) To defend a particular player or area.

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Derived terms

Descendants

  • German: covern
  • Danish: lave en cover

Translations

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Anagrams


Dutch cover definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English cover.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑ.vər/, /ˈkɔ.vər/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: co‧ver

Noun

cover m (plural covers, diminutive covertje n)

  1. A cover, cover song, cover version (rerecording of a previously recorded song, typically by a different artist).
  2. A cover, the front of a magazine or of the package of a storage medium.

Derived terms


Finnish cover definition

Etymology

From English cover.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkoʋer/, [ˈko̞ʋe̞r]

Noun

cover

  1. cover, cover version, cover song (rerecording of a previously recorded song)

Declension

Inflection of cover (Kotus type 6/paperi, no gradation)
nominative cover coverit
genitive coverin coverien
covereiden
covereitten
partitive coveria covereita
covereja
illative coveriin covereihin
singular plural
nominative cover coverit
accusative nom. cover coverit
gen. coverin
genitive coverin coverien
covereiden
covereitten
partitive coveria covereita
covereja
inessive coverissa covereissa
elative coverista covereista
illative coveriin covereihin
adessive coverilla covereilla
ablative coverilta covereilta
allative coverille covereille
essive coverina covereina
translative coveriksi covereiksi
instructive coverein
abessive coveritta covereitta
comitative covereineen
Possessive forms of cover (type paperi)
possessor singular plural
1st person coverini coverimme
2nd person coverisi coverinne
3rd person coverinsa

Synonyms


French cover definition

Etymology

From English cover.

Noun

cover m (plural covers)

  1. (colloquial) cover (rerecording)

German cover definition

Verb

cover

  1. inflection of covern:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. singular imperative
    • Covern definition
      to cover

Polish cover definition

Etymology

From English cover.

Pronunciation

Noun

cover m inan

  1. (music) cover version (rerecording of a song)

Declension

Further reading

  • cover in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • cover in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese cover definition

Etymology

From English cover.

Noun

cover m or f (rare) (plural coveres)

  1. (music) cover version (rerecording of a song by another musician or group)
    Synonym: versão cover
    • Versão Cover definition
      cover version (rerecording of a song by another musician or group)

Spanish cover definition

Etymology

From English cover.

Noun

cover m (plural covers)

  1. cover, cover version

Swedish cover definition

Etymology

From English cover.

Noun

cover c

  1. (music) cover, cover song

Usage notes

The plural of this word could also be covers.

Declension

Declension of cover 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative cover covern cover coverna
Genitive covers coverns covers covernas

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