Origin of covering
verb (used with object)
- to act as a reporter or reviewer of (an event, a field of interest, a performance, etc.); have as an assignment: She covers sports for the paper.
- to publish or broadcast a report or reports of (a news item, a series of related events, etc.): The press covered the trial in great detail.
- to be in line with by occupying a position directly before or behind.
- to protect (a soldier, force, or military position) during an expected period of ground combat by taking a position from which any hostile troops can be fired upon.
verb (used without object)
- an envelope or outer wrapping for mail.
- a letter folded so that the address may be placed on the outside and the missive mailed.
- to cover completely; enfold.
- to keep secret; conceal: She tried to cover up her part in the plot.
- clandestinely; secretly: Arrangements for the escape were made under cover.
- within an envelope: The report will be mailed to you under separate cover.
Origin of cover
Synonyms for cover
Examples from the Web for covering
Contemporary Examples of covering
She jumps on his back, mock-choking him and covering his eyes.Sia and Shia LaBeouf’s Pedophilia Nontroversy Over ‘Elastic Heart’
January 9, 2015
A spandex mask stretched over his face, covering his eyes and nose.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Because you were covering up for actions that may or may not have been legally authorized.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
Random House is also covering the legal fees of an innocent man called Barry who was caught up in the storm.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Covering 13 acres of a landfill no longer in use in West Nyack, it has a generating capacity of 2.36 megawatts.Garbage In, Power Out
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
Historical Examples of covering
Shelter, covering, bed—beyond these all is mere superfluity.The Roof of France
He raised the covering hand, and peered at the coin in the gathering gloom.In the Midst of Alarms
A squadron was engaged in covering the operations of a foraging party.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
As to covering up the tracks, he begged his wife to trust him for that.The Secret Agent
When they are cold, put them into jars, and covering them closely, let them set a week.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
verb (mainly tr)
- to insure against loss, risk, etc
- to provide for (loss, risk, etc) by insurance
- a blanket used on a bed for warmth
- another word for bedspread
- an entire envelope that has been postmarked
- on cover(of a postage stamp) kept in this form by collectors
- (often plural)the area more or less at right angles to the pitch on the off side and usually about halfway to the boundaryto field in the covers
- (as modifier)a cover drive by a batsman
- Also called: cover pointa fielder in such a position
Word Origin for cover
mid-12c., from Old French covrir (12c., Modern French couvrir) "to cover, protect, conceal, dissemble," from Late Latin coperire, from Latin cooperire "to cover over, overwhelm, bury," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + operire "to close, cover" (see weir). Related: Covered; covering. Military sense is from 1680s; newspaper sense first recorded 1893; use in football dates from 1907. Betting sense is 1857. OF horses, as a euphemism for "copulate" it dates from 1530s. Covered wagon attested from 1745.
early 13c., in compounds, from cover (v.). Meaning "recording of a song already recorded by another" is 1966. Cover girl is U.S. slang from 1915, shortening of magazine-cover girl.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cover
- cover for
- cover girl
- cover ground
- cover one's ass
- cover one's tracks
- cover story
- cover the field
- cover up
- blow one's cover
- break cover
- judge a book by its cover
- (cover a) multitude of sins
- take cover
- under cover