7. To shelter, as from evil or danger; to protect; to defend; as, the cavalry covered the retreat.
His calm and blameless life
Does with substantial blessedness abound,
And the soft wings of peace cover
8. To remove from remembrance; to put away; to remit. "Blessed is he whose is covered." Ps. xxxii. 1.
9. 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.
10. To put the usual covering or headdress on.
Cover thy head . . . ; nay, prithee, be covered.
11. To copulate with (a female); to serve; as, a horse covers a mare; said of the male.
To cover ground or distance, to pass over; as, the rider covered the ground in an hour. To cover
one's short contracts (Stock Exchange), to buy stock when the market rises, as a dealer who has
sold short does in order to protect himself. Covering party (Mil.), a detachment of troops sent for
the protection of another detachment, as of men working in the trenches. To cover into, to transfer
to; as, to cover into the treasury.
Syn. To shelter; screen; shield; hide; overspread.
1. Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the
cover of a book.
2. Anything which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a cloak. "Under cover of the night." Macaulay.
A handsome cover for imperfections.
3. Shelter; protection; as, the troops fought under cover of the batteries; the woods afforded a good cover.
Being compelled to lodge in the field . . . whilst his army was under cover, they might be forced to
4. (Hunting) The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to
ride to cover.
5. That portion of a slate, tile, or shingle, which is hidden by the overlap of the course above. Knight.
6. (Steam Engine) The lap of a slide valve.
7. [Cf. F. couvert.] 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.
To break cover, to start from a covert or lair; said of game. Under cover, in an envelope, or
within a letter; said of a written message.
Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her ladyship.
(Cov"er), v. i. To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet. [Obs.] Shak.
(Cov"er*chief) n. [See Kerchief.] A covering for the head. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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