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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

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

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

I don't cover my face because I want to show my identity.
Malala Yousafzai

I like having my hair and face done, but I'm not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy.

I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job.
Bill Murray
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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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