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cove1

[kohv]
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noun
  1. a small indentation or recess in the shoreline of a sea, lake, or river.
  2. a sheltered nook.
  3. a hollow or recess in a mountain; cave; cavern.
  4. a narrow pass between woods or hills.
  5. a sheltered area between woods or hills.
  6. Architecture.
    1. a concave surface or molding.
    2. a concave surface forming part of a ceiling at its edge so as to eliminate the usual interior angle between the wall and ceiling.
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verb (used with or without object), coved, cov·ing.
  1. to make or become a cove.
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Origin of cove1

before 900; Middle English; Old English cofa cave, den, closet; cognate with Old Norse kofi hut, Greek gýpē cave
Can be confusedbay cove gulf inlet
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Examples from the Web for coving

Historical Examples

  • He was talking to Coving as though they had years—not as though their time had run out.

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman

  • The couch was overturned, with its coving and pillows strewn about.

  • I think I shoud some marshas helen a pray the Drom and coving the collas out of the pub.

    Gipsy Life

    George Smith

  • He was even in debt for Coving's labor; overdrawn on it without enough money to pay.

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman


British Dictionary definitions for coving

cove1

noun
  1. a small bay or inlet, usually between rocky headlands
  2. a narrow cavern formed in the sides of cliffs, mountains, etc, usually by erosion
  3. a sheltered place
  4. Also called: coving architect a concave curved surface between the wall and ceiling of a room
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verb
  1. (tr) to form an architectural cove in
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Word Origin

Old English cofa; related to Old Norse kofi, Old High German kubisi tent

cove2

noun
  1. old-fashioned, slang, British and Australian a fellow; chap
  2. Australian history an overseer of convict labourers
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Word Origin

C16: probably from Romany kova thing, person
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Word Origin and History for coving

cove

n.1

early 14c., "den, cave," from Old English cofa "small chamber, cell," from Proto-Germanic *kubon (cf. Old High German kubisi "tent, hut," German Koben "pigsty," Old Norse kofi "hut, shed"). Extension of meaning to "small bay" is 1580s, apparently via Scottish dialectal meaning "small hollow place in coastal rocks" (a survival of an Old English secondary sense).

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cove

n.2

"fellow, chap," slang from at least 1560s, said to be from Romany (Gypsy) cova "that man."

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