(Cove), v. t. [CF. F. couver, It. covare. See Covey.] To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds
their eggs. [Obs.]
Not being able to cove or sit upon them [eggs], she [the female tortoise] bestoweth them in the gravel.
(Cove), n. [A gypsy word, covo that man, covi that woman.] A boy or man of any age or station.
There's a gentry cove here.
Now, look to it, coves, that all the beef and drink
Be not filched from us.
(Co*vel"line Co*vel"lite) n. [After Covelli, the discoverer.] (Min.) A native sulphide of copper,
occuring in masses of a dark blue color; hence called indigo copper.
(Cov"e*na*ble) a. [OF. covenable, F. convenable. See Covenant.] Fit; proper; suitable.
[Obs.] "A covenable day." Wyclif
(Cov"e*na*bly) adv. Fitly; suitably. [Obs.] "Well and covenably." Chaucer.
(Cov"e*nant) n. [OF. covenant, fr. F. & OF. convenir to agree, L. convenire. See Convene.]
1. A mutual agreement of two or more persons or parties, or one of the stipulations in such an agreement.
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant.
1 Sam. xviiii. 3.
Let there be covenants drawn between us.
If we conclude a peace,
It shall be with such strict and severe covenants
As little shall the Frenchmen
2. (Eccl. Hist.) An agreement made by the Scottish Parliament in 1638, and by the English Parliament
in 1643, to preserve the reformed religion in Scotland, and to extirpate popery and prelacy; usually
called the "Solemn League and Covenant."
He [Wharton] was born in the days of the Covenant, and was the heir of a covenanted house.
3. (Theol.) The promises of God as revealed in the Scriptures, conditioned on certain terms on the
part of man, as obedience, repentance, faith, etc.
I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an
everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Gen. xvii. 7.
4. A solemn compact between members of a church to maintain its faith, discipline, etc.
5. (Law) (a) An undertaking, on sufficient consideration, in writing and under seal, to do or to refrain
from some act or thing; a contract; a stipulation; also, the document or writing containing the terms of agreement.
(b) A form of action for the violation of a promise or contract under seal.
Syn. Agreement; contract; compact; bargain; arrangement; stipulation. Covenant, Contract, Compact,
Stipulation. These words all denote a mutual agreement between two parties. Covenant is frequently
used in a religious sense; as, the covenant of works or of grace; a church covenant; the Solemn League
and Covenant. Contract is the word most used in the business of life. Crabb and Taylor are wrong
in saying that a contract must always be in writing. There are oral and implied contracts as well as