1: a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness" [syn: screen, covert, concealment]
2: bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep" [syn: blanket]
3: the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft" [syn: covering, screening, masking]
4: the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding" [syn: binding, book binding, back]
5: a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover" [syn: covering, natural covering]
6: covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container); "he removed the top of the carton"; "he couldn't get the top off of the bottle"; "put the cover back on the kettle" [syn: top]
7: fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal" [syn: covering fire]
8: a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink [syn: cover charge]
9: a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else; "they made a cover of a Beatles' song" [syn: cover version, cover song]
10: a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent); "her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
1: provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers" [ant: uncover]
2: form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave" [syn: spread over]
3: span an interval of distance, space or time; "The war extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres" [syn: extend]
4: provide for; "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
5: deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China" [syn: treat, handle, plow, deal, address]
6: include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group" [syn: embrace, encompass, comprehend]
7: travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day" [syn: traverse, track, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut across]
8: be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism; "Snow reported on China in the 1950's"; "The cub reporter covered New York City" [syn: report]
9: hold within range of an aimed firearm
10: to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
11: hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House" [syn: cover up]
12: protect or defend (a position in a game); "he covered left field"
13: maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; "The second officer covered the top floor"
14: protect by insurance; "The insurance won't cover this" [syn: insure, underwrite]
15: make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father" [syn: compensate, overcompensate]
16: invest with a large or excessive amount of something; "She covered herself with glory"
17: help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities; "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
18: be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of; "Is this enough to cover the check?"
19: spread over a surface to conceal or protect; "This paint covers well"
20: cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery" [syn: shroud, enshroud, hide]
21: copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The horse covers the mare" [syn: breed]
22: put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with a lot of gravy" [syn: overlay]
23: play a higher card than the one previously played; "Smith covered again"
24: be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
25: sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs" [syn: brood, hatch, incubate]
26: clothe, as if for protection from the elements; "cover your head!" [syn: wrap up]
Adjacent words: covalent | covalent bond | covariance | cove | coven | covenant | Coventry | cover | cover charge | cover crop | cover for | cover girl | cover glass | cover letter | cover plate | cover slip