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Definition of Cover


  1. 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. To envelop; to clothe, as with a mantle or cloak.
  3. To invest (one's self with something); to bring upon (one's self); as, he covered himself with glory.
  4. To hide sight; to conceal; to cloak; as, the enemy were covered from our sight by the woods.
  5. To brood or sit on; to incubate.
  6. To shelter, as from evil or danger; to protect; to defend; as, the cavalry covered the retreat.
  7. To remove from remembrance; to put away; to remit.
  8. 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.
  9. To put the usual covering or headdress on.
  10. To copulate with (a female); to serve; as, a horse covers a mare; -- said of the male.
  11. Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of a book.
  12. Anything which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a cloak.
  13. Shelter; protection; as, the troops fought under cover of the batteries; the woods afforded a good cover.
  14. The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to ride to cover.
  15. The lap of a slide valve.
  16. 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.
  17. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet.

Cover Quotations

People are going to wonder why you're trying to be different; it's just a natural instinct. If I was to walk down the street in a kilt, then dudes would wonder why I'm doing that, they'd think I was different or gay. It's natural for people to point fingers. That's my whole reason for trying to switch things up; don't judge a book by it's cover.
Kid Cudi

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.
Meister Eckhart

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
Howard Zinn

All of us have ways in which we mask and cover our pain.
Iyanla Vanzant

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
Mahatma Gandhi
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Cover Translations

cover in Afrikaans is dek
cover in Dutch is dekken, beleggen, toedekken, bedekken
cover in German is Schutz, bespannen (mit Stoff ...)
cover in Italian is copro, rivestimento, callotta, coprire
cover in Latin is occulto, obvolvo, induco
cover in Norwegian is deksel, lokk, omslag, skjul
cover in Portuguese is tampa
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