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covering definition


This page has 3 definitions of covering in English. Covering is a verb and noun. Also define these 5 related words and terms: cover, conceal, spread, lay, and wrap.



Etymology 1

Present participle or participial adjective from cover (verb) +‎ -ing; or, from Middle English participle form of coveren, keveren (to cover).



  1. present participle of cover

Etymology 2

From Middle English coverynge, -inge, keverynge, -inge [verbal noun of coveren, keveren (to cover)][1]; or, verbal noun from cover (verb) +‎ -ing.


covering (countable and uncountable, plural coverings)

  1. (countable) That which covers or conceals; a cover; something spread or laid over or wrapped about another.
    • 2020 May 20, Richard Clinnick, “Network News: More trains... but advice is not to use public transport”, in Rail, page 6:
      Face covering is also mentioned: "There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms. [...] If you can, wear a face covering if you need to use public transport."
    • Conceal definition
      To hide something from view or from public knowledge, to try to keep something secret.
  2. (uncountable) Action of the verb to cover.

Derived terms



  1. ^ cǒveringe, ger.(1).” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2018, retrieved 16 December 2019.