• Gluing and Staining Bench Covered with Zinc
    Gluing and Staining Bench Covered with Zinc
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n covering the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine","a complete bleach requires several applications","the surface was ready for a coating of paint"
    • n covering the act of protecting something by covering it
    • n covering the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
    • n covering an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
    • n covering a natural object that covers or envelops "under a covering of dust","the fox was flushed from its cover"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Front cover Front cover
Inside front cover Inside front cover
Cover and spine Cover and spine
Cover Page Cover Page
Oak Stool with Brass Cover Oak Stool with Brass Cover
back cover back cover
Back cover of the book Back cover of the book
a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baseball was the first sport to be pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated
    • n Covering Anything which covers or conceals, as a roof, a screen, a wrapper, clothing, etc. "Noah removed the covering of the ark.""They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.""A covering over the well's mouth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When the female grasshopper lays eggs, she covers her eggs with a pasty liquid that protects the eggs throughout the winter
    • n covering That which covers, as a lid or canopy; a cover; something spread or laid over or wrapped about another, as for concealment, protection, or warmth; specifically, clothing: as, feathers are the natural covering of birds.
    • n covering The act or process of placing a cover upon something; specifically, in bookbinding, the process of putting covers on a book. In pamphletbinding covering is done by gluing or pasting the paper cover on the back of the sewed sheets. In leather-work it is effected by drawing the leather over the boards attached to the sides of the book, and turning it in over the edges of the boards and back. The covering of cloth-bound books is technically known as casing.
    • n covering In ceramics, same as glaze. Synonyms Screen, veil, disguise, mask, cloak; envelop, wrapper, integument, case, cover, vesture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In July 1874, a swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts flew over Nebraska covering an area estimated at 198,600 square miles. It is estimated that the swarm contained about 12.5 trillion insects. These insects became extinct thirty years later
    • Covering anything that covers
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you're starting to look wrinkled, don't worry. It covers the scars.”
  • David Hume
    “Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.”
  • Frank Dane
    “Where the criminals cover their crimes by making them legal. [On Washington D. C.]”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “The covers of this book are too far apart.”
  • Mae West
    “You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.”
  • Monica Seles
    Monica Seles
    “I don't believe in playing hurt, in taking injections to cover the pain.”


Cover all the bases - If you cover all the bases, you deal with all aspects of a situation or issue, or anticipate all possibilities. ('Cover all bases' is also used.)
Don't judge a book by the cover - This idiom means that you should not judge something or someone by appearances, but should look deeper at what is inside and more important.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. couvrir (It. coprire)—L. co-operīrecon, and operīre, to cover.


In literature:

There were sixteen masks; those representing the gods cover the head, and those representing goddesses cover the face only.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
A crocheted afghan, a washable embroidered cover, or a firm silk puff, are good covers.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
In close column formed from line on the first company, the left guides cover; formed on the fourth company, right guides cover.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
His clothes, I felt, were covered with chips of wood and dust.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
The island of Singapore is covered with a number of small hills, some nearly 400 feet high, covered to the summits with forest trees.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The soldier covered him with his piece, but it flashed in the pan, and the robber escaped.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Cover the eyes then with a soft covering, and let them have perfect rest.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Skin yellow, where it is covered by the soil; and yellowish-brown above the surface, where exposed to light and air.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Pour on water to cover the artichokes and stew gently till soft.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
The skin is the covering of the body, and has very important functions to perform.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher

In poetry:

Employ not that glad hand to raise
The God-forgotten head
To Heaven and all the neighbours' gaze—
Cover thy mouth instead.
"The Comforters" by Rudyard Kipling
How the sun's ray shines upon you!
You're all covered in golden dust...
-Don't let it disturb you,
My voice from underground.
""You walk, and look like me"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
When snow did fall, then did the ground
In winter's robe appear;
It covered all the fields around,
The storm was most severe.
"The Seasons Of The Year Compared To the Life Of A Man" by Susannah Hawkins
"And then I'll be your ain true-love,
I'll turn a naked knight;
Then cover me wi your green mantle,
And cover me out o sight."
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
"And then I'll be your ain true-love,
I'll turn a naked knight,
Then cover me wi your green mantle,
And hide me out o sight."
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
"The eldest fair and smooth, as snow
That tips the mountain hoar;
The younger's little body rough
With hairs was cover'd o'er.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

A former Seattle Weekly political columnist charges that the Weekly's pre-election cover story was "faux outrageousness": a fictional cover story detailing a nonexistent business enterprise of the mayor.
Cover and simmer over moderately low heat until tender, adding water as necessary to keep the chickpeas covered, about 1 1/2 hours.
"Family Circus" creator Bil Keane provided the cover artwork for OSV's July 4, 1982, cover.
Look for more chocolate-covered varieties like M&M'S Pretzel Chocolate Candies or Peeps chocolate-covered Pumpkin Peeps.
Loblaw Companies Ltd is recalling its 908 gram pack size of PC Chocolate Covered Raisins because they may also contain some chocolate covered almonds.
Cover Crop Solutions, Steve Groff and other leading cover crop innovators will be featured at the 18th annual Cover Crop Field Day, 9 a.m.-4 pm Thursday, Nov 1, at Groff's Cedar Meadow Farm, 535 Drytown Road, Holtwood.
MaxxAir Vent Corporation's MaxxAir II Vent Cover provides twice as much vent area as the company's original vent cover.
Harris Covered Bridge was built in 1936 as a replacement for another covered bridge at the same site.
BRIDGE RALLY Amos Schwartz of Geneva, a professional covered bridge restorer and an expert on such old-fashioned construction techniques, speaks at an October rally to support the historic covered bridge in background.
Multnomah County's only covered bridge isn't really a covered bridge.
Some months ago, Bob Dixon of NBC asked me to cover problems pertaining to bass and subwoofers in this column, and I've tried over the past few months, to cover the basics (no pun intended) of that aspect of our audio craft.
Listen to Covers ft. June thus far has presented quite a few streams and videos of artists performing some fantastic covers.
New CoverGirl Pink is literally a cover girl, as she appears on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard.
The proposed law was drafted to extend copyright protection to cover design (and not just print, pattern and surface design, which are already covered).
The deal with Montreal-based Trimera Group covers Oakley's women's swimsuits , cover-ups, hats, accessories and other swim gear.

In science:

The equivalence classes cover the compact space R, whence there exists a finite sub-cover.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
Diameter, covering index, covering radius and eigenvalues.
Simple Permutations Mix Even Better
The upper right square isn’t covered so the lower left square must be covered.
Exact expectations for random graphs and assignments
By the covering condition (e), ϕ is a d-sheeted covering map.
A Generalization of Random Matrix Ensemble I: General Theory
Heegaard splitting has a cover with covering group Q is wellde fined (Prop. 6.1), and we denote this probability as p(Q, g).
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds