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Cover appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Spill a cover-up now, on pure vocal lips.
  • Did a bare vocal leap at a paella cover a bad ID?
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Usage statistics for the verb cover:

spoken English40.72%written English59.28% conversational speech32.55%task-oriented speech67.45% imaginative writing43.32%informational writing56.68%
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Fun fact! In 19th century English, a "cover-slut" was a long cloak or overcoat worn to hide a person's untidy or dirty clothes underneath.

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Definition of the noun cover

What does cover mean as a name of something?

Cover is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: covers

  1. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
    • example: under cover of darkness
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of cover: concealment / covert / screen
    • more generic word: covering = an artifact that covers something else
    • more specific words:
      • blind = a hiding place sometimes used by hunters
      • camouflage = device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
      • shoji = a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper
      • stalking-horse = screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
  2. bedding that keeps a person warm in bed
    • example: he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of cover: blanket
    • more generic terms: bed clothing / bedclothes / bedding = coverings that are used on a bed
    • more specific terms:
      • afghan = a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares
      • electric blanket = a blanket containing and electric heating element that can be controlled to the desired temperature by a rheostat
      • Mackinaw blanket / mackinaw = a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States
      • manta = a blanket that is used as a cloak or shawl
      • security blanket = a blanket (or toy) that a child carries around in order to reduce anxiety
  3. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
  4. the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
  5. a natural object that covers or envelops
    • examples: under a covering of dust | the fox was flushed from its cover
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of cover: covering / natural covering
    • more generic term: natural object = an object occurring naturally
    • more specific terms:
      • scale = a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
      • shell = the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
      • test = a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins
      • body covering = any covering for the body or a body part
      • sheath / case = an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
      • integument = an outer protective covering such as the skin of an animal or a cuticle or seed coat or rind or shell
      • blanket / mantle = anything that covers
      • encrustation / incrustation / crust = a hard outer layer that covers something
      • envelope = a natural covering
      • hood / cap = a protective covering that is part of a plant
      • indumentum / indument = a covering of fine hairs (or sometimes scales) as on a leaf or insect
      • roof = the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space
      • shell = a rigid covering that envelops an object
      • eggshell / shell = the exterior covering of a bird's egg
      • skim = a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid
      • slough = any outer covering that can be shed or cast off
      • snowcap = a covering of snow
      • vesture = something that covers or cloaks like a garment
      • peridium = outer layer of the spore-bearing organ in many fungi
      • seed vessel / pericarp = the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
      • floral envelope / perigonium / perianth / perigone / chlamys = collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils
      • theca / sac = a case or sheath especially a pollen sac or moss capsule
      • indusium = a membrane enclosing and protecting the developing spores especially that covering the sori of a fern
      • bark = tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
  6. covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
    • example: put the cover back on the kettle
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of cover: top
    • more generic word: covering = an artifact that covers something else
    • more specific terms:
      • cap = a top
      • lid = a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
      • manhole cover = a flush iron cover for a manhole
      • screwtop = the top of a container that must be screwed off and on
  7. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
    • example: artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of cover: covering fire
    • more generic words: fire / firing = the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  8. a fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink
  9. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else
    • example: they made a cover of a Beatles' song
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of cover: cover song / cover version
    • more generic word: recording = a storage device on which information (sounds or images) have been recorded
  10. a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)
    • example: her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: concealing / concealment / hiding = the activity of keeping something secret

Alternative definition of the noun cover

noun

  1. A lid.
  2. A hiding from view.
  3. A front and back of a book or magazine.
  4. A top sheet of a bed.
  5. A cover charge.
  6. A setting at a restaurant table.
  7. [music] A rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song.
  8. [cricket] A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position.
  9. [topology] A set (more often known as a family) of sets, whose union contains the given set.
  10. [philately] An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc.
  11. [military] A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire.
  12. [legal] In commercial law, a buyer’s purchase on the open market of goods similar or identical to the goods contracted for after a seller has breached a contract of sale by failure to deliver the goods contracted for.
  13. [context: insurance] An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract.
  14. [context: espionage] A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative, cover story

Specialised definition of the noun cover

Glossary of sports / American football

preventing a player from gaining yards; in pass coverage, a defender follows a receiver to prevent him from catching a pass; in kick coverage, members of the kicking team try to prevent a long kick return

Glossary of sports / cricket

a fielding position on the off side between point and mid-off

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

when a player stays close to an opponent to prevent him from receiving a pass or making a play on offense

Definition of the adjective cover

What does cover mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more cover / most cover

  1. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.
  2. [music] Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.

Definition of the verb cover

What does cover mean as a doing word?

Cover is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: covered | covering | covers

  1. provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  2. form a cover over
  3. span an interval of distance, space or time
    • examples: The period covered the turn of the century | This farm covers some 200 acres
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of cover: continue / extend
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
    • more specific words:
  4. provide for
    • example: The grant doesn't cover my salary
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic terms: fulfil / fulfill / live up to / satisfy = meet the requirements or expectations of
  5. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
  6. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
    • example: this should cover everyone in the group
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of cover: comprehend / embrace / encompass
    • more generic word: include = have as a part, be made up out of
  7. travel across or pass over
  8. be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism
    • examples: The cub reporter covered New York City | They won't cover the story
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of cover: report
    • more generic word: inform = impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to
  9. hold within range of an aimed firearm
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: protect = shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  10. to take an action to protect against future problems
    • example: Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: protect = shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  11. hide from view or knowledge
    • example: The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of cover: cover up
    • more generic words: conceal / hide = prevent from being seen or discovered
    • more specific terms: gloss over / sleek over / whitewash / hush up = cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
  12. protect or defend (a position in a game)
    • example: he covered left field
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: protect = shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
    • more specific word: double-team = cover with two defensive players
  13. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
  14. protect by insurance
    • example: The insurance won't cover this
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of cover: insure / underwrite
    • more generic words: guarantee / warrant = stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of
    • more specific words:
      • reinsure = insure again by assuming all or a part of the liability of an insurance company already covering a risk
      • indemnify = secure against future loss, damage, or liability
  15. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
  16. invest with a large or excessive amount of something
    • example: She covered herself with glory
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: empower / endow / endue / gift / indue / invest = give qualities or abilities to
  17. help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities
    • example: She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: deputise / deputize / step in / substitute = act as a substitute
  18. be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of
    • example: Is this enough to cover the check?
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  19. spread over a surface to conceal or protect
    • example: This paint covers well
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: conceal / hide = prevent from being seen or discovered
  20. cover as if with a shroud
  21. copulate with a female, used especially of horses
  22. put something on top of something else
    • example: cover the meat with a lot of gravy
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of cover: overlay
    • more specific word: splash = mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture
  23. play a higher card than the one previously played
    • example: Smith covered again
    • domain: card game / cards
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: play = put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
  24. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: protect = shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  25. sit on (eggs)
  26. clothe, as if for protection from the elements

Specialised definition of the verb cover

Glossary of sports / fencing

to close a line to the attacker

Glossary of sports / hockey / field hockey

to position oneself between an opposing player and the ball

Films

  1. "Cover" is a drama thriller film starring Aunjanue Ellis, Razaaq Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, and Leon. The film was produced and directed by Bill Duke and open at selective theaters on February 22, 2008.
  2. "Cover" is a film, directed by Aristides Guillen.

Writings

"Cover" is a book by Jack Ketchum.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 2000-03-15

Music

  1. "Cover" is a 2009 cover album by Joan as Policewoman. The limited edition physical CD version of the album was sold through Joan's official website and at her live shows. The digital version of the album does not include the opening track "Fire".
  2. "Cover" is the fourth solo album by Tom Verlaine released in 1984.
    • genre: Post-punk
    • released in (32 years ago)
  3. "Cover" is a musical album of Mrppoet.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  4. "Cover" is a musical EP of Mon Roi.

Business

Cover is a record label.

Miscellanea

  1. Cover: In mathematics, a cover of a set is a collection of sets whose union contains as a subset.
    • also known as 覆盖
  2. Cover: In military combat, the concept of cover refers to anything which is capable of physically protecting an individual from enemy fire. This differentiates it from the similar concept of concealment, in that an object or area of concealment only affords the benefit of stealth, not actual protection from small arms fire or artillery fragments. An example of "cover vs. concealment" would be sandbags vs. tall grass.
  3. Cover: In philately, the term cover pertains to the outside of an envelope or package with an address, typically with postage stamps that have been cancelled and is a term generally used among stamp and postal history collectors. The term does not include the contents of the letter or package, although they may add interest to the item if still present. Cover collecting plays an important role in postal history as many covers bear stamps, postmarks and other markings along with names and addresses all of which help to place a cover at a given time and place in history.
  4. Cover is a term used in the law of contracts to describe a remedy available to a merchant buyer who has received an anticipatory repudiation of a contract for the receipt of goods. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, the buyer is permitted to find another source of the same type of goods. The buyer may then file a lawsuit against the breaching seller to recover the difference, if any, between the cost of the goods offered and the cost of the goods actually purchased.
  5. Cover: In abstract algebra, a cover is one instance of some mathematical structure mapping onto another instance, such as a group covering a subgroup. This should not be confused with the concept of a cover in topology.
  6. Cover: In telecommunications, cover is the technique of concealing or altering the characteristics of communications patterns for the purpose of denying an unauthorized receiver information that would be of value.

Phrases with Cover

Phrases starting with the word Cover:

  1. Cover'd
  2. cover up
  3. cover-up
  4. cover for
  5. cover crop
  6. cover girl
  7. cover slip
  8. cover song

Phrases ending with the word Cover:

  1. No Cover
  2. re-cover
  3. to cover
  4. air cover
  5. bed cover
  6. Back Cover
  7. Deep Cover
  8. dust cover
  9. Edge cover
  10. gill cover
  11. lens cover
  12. Open Cover

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cover

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Google previewCybersecurity and Applied Mathematics (2016)

by Leigh Metcalf, William Casey

A vertex cover is a useful set. It can be used to determine...

Google previewFault Covering Problems in Reconfigurable VLSI Systems (2012)

by Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Nany Hasan, Jingsheng Jason Cong, Philip McKinley, C.L. Liu

In the case of a rectangular array, a line is a row or column of the array and a cover is a set of lines that contain all the faulty elements in the array. A set of lines is said...

Google previewSoil survey (1965)

by United States. Bureau of Soils, United States. Bureau of Plant Industry, United States. Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering, United States. Soil Conservation Service, United States. Natural Resources Conservation Service

The climax plant cover is a mixture of such grasses as blue grama, buffalograss, western wheatgrass, side-oats grama, and little blue-stem. Buffalograss is the main in- creaser under grazing pressure, but blue grama and buffalograss are the ...

Google previewSoil survey of Adams County, Nebraska (1974)

by Larry G. Ragon, United States. Soil Conservation Service, University of Nebraska--Lincoln, University of Nebraska--Lincoln. Conservation and Survey Division

The climax cover is a mixture of such decreaser grasses as big bluestem, little bluestem, indiangrass, switchgrass, and Canada wildrye. These comprise at least 65 percent of the total plant volume, and other perennial grasses and forbs ...

Google previewSoil Survey of Mellette County, South Dakota (1975)

by E M White

The climax plant cover is a mixture of mid and short grasses consisting of western wheatgrass, needle-and- thread, blue grama, buffalograss, and sedges. Forbs and woody plants are scarce. Under heavy grazing, or overuse, the mid grasses ...

Google previewPhase Transitions in Combinatorial Optimization Problems (2006)

Basics, Algorithms and Statistical Mechanics by Alexander K. Hartmann, Martin Weigt

to vertex-cover algorithms, are given in Sec. 6.1. For a graph G = (V,E), an edge cover is a subset E ⊂ E of edges such...

Google previewArchitectural Form Part 1 an Introduction Into Understanding Buildings (2008)

by Huub Maas

The Cover is that which is called ceiling on the Inside and roof when being seen from the Outside. We are used to thinking of the roof and the ceiling as two different things not as two sides of one separation. In our experience it is only in the ...

Google previewSoil survey of Dawson County, Nebraska (1978)

by Laurence E. Brown, Louie L. Buller, Frank E. Wahl, United States. Soil Conservation Service

The climax plant cover is a mixture of such decreas- er grasses as western wheatgrass, alkali sacaton, switchgrass, plains bluegrass, and slender wheatgrass. These grasses make up about 70 percent of the total plant volume and other ...

Google previewSoil Survey of Dixon County, Nebraska (1978)

by Norman L. Slama, Donald E. Kerl

The climax plant cover is a mixture of grasses that decrease with season long overuse. These grasses include big bluestem, indiangrass, switchgrass, slender wheatgrass, prairie cordgrass, and Canada wildrye. They make up at least 75 ...

Google previewSoil Survey of Edmunds County, South Dakota (1977)

by Edgar H. Ensz

The climax plant cover is a mixture of mid and short grasses. Western wheatgrass ...

Google previewRemote Sensing of Snow and Ice (2005)

by W. Gareth Rees

2, snow cover is a large-scale phenomenon. The maximum winter extent in the northern hemisphere is about 46 million square kilometers, but the spatial density of the in situ measurement ...

Google previewEvapotranspiration Covers for Landfills and Waste Sites (2016)

by Victor L. Hauser

cover is a better way to cover wastes at many sites. The ET cover employs two...

New ideas usually require new research; the ET cover is an exception because the proof is already available. It remains for us to ...

Google previewThe Mystery Fancier (Vol. 4 No. 6) November/December 1980 (2010)

by Guy M. Townsend

Inside cover is a contents page listing seven features (a legal puzzle, a detective puzzle contest, announcement of correct solution and winner of a previous contest, three true crime articles, and a full page of capsule biographies on five of the ...

Google previewInteractions of Classical and Numerical Algebraic Geometry (2009)

A Conference in Honor of Andrew Sommese : Interactions of Classical and Numerical Algebraic Geometry, May 22-24, 2008, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana by Daniel James Bates

The first result of this note is a precise characterization of compact complex surfaces whose universal cover is the bidisk, respectively the...

Google previewThe Handbook of International Trade and Finance (2013)

The Complete Guide for International Sales, Finance, Shipping and Administration by Anders Grath

The open cover is the most costeffective alternative, ...

Google previewSelf-Stabilizing Systems (2005)

7th International Symposium, SSS 2005, Barcelona, Spain, October 26-27, 2005 by Ted Herman, Sébastien Tixeuil

Determining the minimum vertex cover is a well-known NP-complete problem in a sequential setting. Several techniques, e.g., depth-first search, a local ratio theorem, and semidefinite relaxation, have given good approximation algorithms.

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

cover,lid, cap, дугуйны~ төмөр hubcap ТАГII. flatsummit ofamountain ТАГ III.1. quite, completely, ~ дуугүй (~ чимээгүй) quite silent, ~ зогсох (~ cyyx) to come to ...

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

quarters os boil'd Artichokes, Marrow,White-wine,> Salt,large Mace, Chesnuts, Grapes, Barberries and Pears quartered, and also some of the Meat made up into Balls cover the Dish close, set them over theFire and let them stew; When they ...

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Usage statistics for the verb cover:

spoken English40.72%written English59.28% conversational speech32.55%task-oriented speech67.45% imaginative writing43.32%informational writing56.68%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cover:

concealmentcovertbindingcoveringscreeningblanketcoverscreentopback

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cover:

trackinsurecompensatebreedembracehandleaddresshidecrossextendtreatdealreportcovercontinue

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb cover and its most common antonym:

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Cover your head, and not cover your bottom.
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Scrabble value of C3O1V4E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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