- a small indentation or recess in the shoreline of a sea, lake, or river.
- a sheltered nook.
- a hollow or recess in a mountain; cave; cavern.
- a narrow pass between woods or hills.
- a sheltered area between woods or hills.
- a concave surface or molding.
- a concave surface forming part of a ceiling at its edge so as to eliminate the usual interior angle between the wall and ceiling.
- to make or become a cove.
Origin of cove1
Examples from the Web for coved
The ceiling was coved, and surrounded by a rich frieze of carving.The Golden Dog
These coved ceilings were introduced into England in the middle of the 17th century.
Its ceiling, coved like the other, seemed made of some self-radiating substance from which came both light and heat.The Blind Spot
These walls were painted in encaustic, corresponding with the coved ceiling, which was richly adorned in the same fashion.Tancred
The nave, too, is covered with a wooden roof, a kind of coved roof with tie-beams.Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine
Edward A. Freeman
- a small bay or inlet, usually between rocky headlands
- a narrow cavern formed in the sides of cliffs, mountains, etc, usually by erosion
- a sheltered place
- Also called: coving architect a concave curved surface between the wall and ceiling of a room
- (tr) to form an architectural cove in
- old-fashioned, slang, British and Australian a fellow; chap
- Australian history an overseer of convict labourers
Word Origin and History for coved
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).
"fellow, chap," slang from at least 1560s, said to be from Romany (Gypsy) cova "that man."