covey

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n covey a small flock of grouse or partridge
    • n covey a small collection of people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Covey A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a small flock or number of birds together; -- said of game; as, a covey of partridges.
    • Covey A company; a bevy; as, a covey of girls.
    • n Covey A pantry.
    • v. i Covey To brood; to incubate. "Tortoises covey a whole year before they hatch."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n covey In hunting, specifically, a flock of partridges; hence, in general use, a flock of any similar birds.
    • n covey A company; a party; a bevy.
    • n covey Synonyms Pack, Brood, etc. See flock.
    • n covey Same as cove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Covey kuv′i a brood or hatch of partridges: a small flock of birds—said of game: a party, a set.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cove, F. couve, fr. cover, F. couver, to sit or brood on, fr. L. cubare, to lie down; cf. E. incubate,. See Cubit, and cf. Cove to brood
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. covée—L. cubāre, to lie down.

Usage

In literature:

Ingenious argument in its favor; Bird picked up in the evening; rejoins covey.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
We went some distance with no luck, when my dog flushed a covey of red-winged partridges.
"Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa" by Alfred W. Drayson
There are twelve birds in a covey.
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
I wish you had seen him wiping his dear old eyes as I described the covey of gendarmes taking the air.
"Jack Hinton The Guardsman" by Charles James Lever
Besides, Frieda's doing an Orion with a covey of Pleiades scattering before him, at present.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
Why, Tim, art thou one of that covey?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
Suppose that in the surrounding fields there is a covey of partridges.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
It was finished as the Russians got his range and dropped a covey of shrapnel upon him.
"The Way of the Gods" by John Luther Long
Once Jim and Jack sighted a covey of quail and killed half a dozen.
"The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold" by Margaret Vandercook
A covey of fifteen partridges rose.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
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In poetry:

The flying years! the flying years!
How rapidly they wing away,—
With all their covey'd hopes and fears,
A mingled flock of grave and gay!
"Eheu! Fugaces" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The big-boned team that firm and slow
Draw yoked, are free to couch or stray;
The basking covey seem to know
None will invade their peace to-day.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
The partridge shook her covey from her wings,
And limped along the grass; on leaf and lawn
Shimmered the dew, and every throat that sings
Chanted the dawn.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
Perfume enclosed by a covey of dawns
that beds forever on the straw of stars,
As the day depends on innocence
The whole world depends on your pure eyes
And all my blood flows under their sight.
"The Curve Of Your Eyes" by Paul Eluard

In news:

0 Stephen Covey , author of the best-selling book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," died in an Idaho hospital at age 79, his family said Monday.
Covey , '7 Habits' Author, Dies At 79.
Professor Stephen R Covey dies at age 79 (Photo credit: Wikipedia).
Stephen Covey 's 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
'7 Habits' author Stephen Covey dead at 79.
Stephen Covey died early Monday at an Idaho hospital.
Author Stephen Covey died Monday at age 79.
'7 Habits' author Stephen Covey dies after cycling accident.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Stephen Covey , author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and three other books that have all sold more than a million copies, has died.
Stephen Covey will be remembered most as the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold over 25 million copies.
Idaho Stephen Covey Dies At Idaho Hospital.
Stephen Covey , author of the global bestseller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, died today at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Q&A with 'What to Expect star Wendi McLendon- Covey .
HOLLYWOOD, CA — MAY 14: Actress Wendi McLendon- Covey .
WENDI McLendon- Covey has a pretty face.
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In science:

Covey et al. 2007; Ivezi´c et al. 2007), the one-dimensional and astrophysically fundamental track that stars occupy in color-color space.
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
All panels show our adopted standard stellar locus line and stellar density contours, reproduced from Covey et al. (2007, §2.1), along with 36 IMACS stellar colors (red points).
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
All panels show the standard stellar locus (black line and gray density contours), reproduced from Covey et al. (2007).
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
We adopt as our standard the empirical stellar locus of Covey et al. (2007).
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
As we explore below (§2.2), blue-ward of the kink are mainly evolved and main sequence (MS) A- through K-type stars, and red-ward are mainly M-type dwarfs (Finlator et al. 2000; Hawley et al. 2002; Covey et al. 2007; Juri´c et al. 2008).
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
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