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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

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

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
Albert Einstein

In a magazine, one can get - from cover to cover - 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.
Maya Angelou

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
Milton Friedman

The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising tax rates to cover ever rising spending.
Thomas Sowell
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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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