When relating to music, it sometimes refers to an artist or band who is playing another group's music or lyrics. This is most often seen at live shows where bands are playing mainly to entertain the crowd. One of the most covered songs of all time outside of wedding tunes or lullabys is Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven.

A network of lies constructed to make somebody seem like something they are not. Lives, huge sums of money, and even keeping the peace can depend on a skillfully constructed cover. Then again, so can institutions of corruption and engines of mass murder.

Whatever your purpose, you never want your cover to be blown. That's a bad thing. For you, anyway.

military jargon: (n.)

one's issued hat or beret. Doesn't include helmets. Mandatory when in uniform and outdoors, except on a flight line where it may be considered a FOD hazard. Salutes are generally only rendered between military members when each is wearing a cover.

"Private, why are you standing outside without a cover?"

In the game of cricket, the position of cover is located between point and mid-off, at around a 45 degree angle from the batter on the off side. Variations include:

  • silly cover - located dangerously close to the batter
  • short cover - located closer than usual to the batter
  • deep cover - located further than usual from the batter, perhaps on the boundary
  • cover point - located between cover and point
  • extra cover - located between cover and mid-off

Cover is tradionally filled by the best ground fielder in the team. It requires a fast mobile player who is capable of covering a wide area, and has a good throwing arm.

Cover is sometimes referred to as "the covers".

Cov"er (k?v"?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Covered (-?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Covering.] [OF. covrir, F. couvrir, fr. L. cooperire; co- + operire to cover; probably fr. ob towards, over + the root appearing in aperire to open. Cf. Aperient, Overt, Curfew.]


To overspread the surface of (one thing) with another; as, to cover wood with paint or lacquer; to cover a table with a cloth.


To envelop; to clothe, as with a mantle or cloak.

And with the majesty of darkness round Covers his throune. Milton.

All that beauty than doth cover thee. Shak.


To invest (one's self with something); to bring upon (one's self); as, he covered himself with glory.

The powers that covered themselves with everlasting infamy by the partition of Poland. Brougham.


To hide sight; to conceal; to cloak; as, the snemy were covered from our sight by the woods.

A cloud covered the mount. Exod. xxiv. 15.

In vain shou striv'st to cover shame with shame. Milton.


To brood or sit on; to incubate.

While the hen is covering her eggs, the male . . . diverts her with his songs. Addison.

6. To overwhelm; to spread over.

The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen. Ex. xiv. 28.


To shelter, as from evil or danger; to protect; to defend; as, the cavalry covered the retreat.

His calm and blameless life Does with substantial blessedness abound, And the soft wings of peace cover him round. Cowley.


To remove from remembrance; to put away; to remit.

"Blessed is he whose is covered."

Ps. xxxii. 1.


To extend over; to be sufficient for; to comprehend, include, or embrace; to account for or solve; to counterbalance; as, a mortgage which fully covers a sum loaned on it; a law which covers all possible cases of a crime; receipts than do not cover expenses.


To put the usual covering or headdress on.

Cover thy head . . . ; nay, prithee, be covered. Shak.


To copulate with (a female); to serve; as. a horse covers a mare; -- said of the male.

To cover grounddistance, to pass over; as, the rider covered the ground in an hour. -- To cover one's short contracts Stock Exchange, to buy stock when the market rises, as a dealer who has sold short does in order to protect himself. -- Covering party Mil., a detachment of troops sent for the protection of another detachment, as of men working in the trenches. -- To cover into, to transfer to; as, to cover into the treasury.

Syn. -- To shelter; screen; shield; hide; overspread.


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Cov"er (k?v"?r), n.


Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of a book.


Anything which weils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a cloack.

"Under cover of the night."


A hendsome cover for imperfections. Collier.


Shelter; protection; as, the troops fought under cover of the batteries; the woods afforded a good cover.

Being compelled to lodge in the field . . . whilst his army was under cover, they might be forced to retire. Clarendon.

4. Huntig

The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to ride to cover.

5. That portion of a slate, tile, or shingle, which is hidden by the overlap of the course above.


6. Steam Engine

The lap of a slide valve.

7. [Cf. F. couvert.]

A tablecloth, and the other table furniture; esp., the table furniture for the use of one person at a meal; as, covers were laid for fifty guests.

To break cover, to start from a covert or lair; -- said of game. -- Under cover, in an envelope, or within a letter; -- said of a written message.

Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her ladyship. Thackeray.


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Cov"er, v. i.

To spread a table for a meal; to prepare a banquet.




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