|1.||[ noun ] the act of protecting something by covering it|
|Related terms:||protection dressing cover|
|2.||[ noun ] the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it|
|Synonyms:||cover masking screening|
"the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
|Related terms:||concealment cover dissemble cover|
|3.||[ noun ] an artifact that cover something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)|
|Related terms:||artifact clothing screen protective_covering flap toe cloak mask top floorcover swathing coating upholstery wrapping footwear earmuff imbrication folder canopy finger instep bubble mercy_seat cover_plate casing artificial_skin paddlebox exhaust_hood drape fig_leaf chafing_gear planking cloth_covering paddle-box bootleg thumb cover|
|4.||[ noun ] a natural object that covers or envelops|
"under a covering of dust" "the fox was flushed from its cover"
|Related terms:||natural_object bark blanket sheath crust envelope pericarp indument shell body_covering test shell slough shell snowcap perianth peridium skim vesture theca indusium integument scale cover|
|5.||[ adjective ] actively protective|
"provided covering fire for the platoon that was moving up"
|6.||[ adjective ] above or covering a wide area|
"the covering darkness" "shadow of the overhanging crag" "the dark overspreading clouds"
|7.||[ noun ] (work) the work of applying something|
"the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine" "a complete bleach requires several applications" "the surface was ready for a coating of paint";
|Related terms:||manual_labor painting waxing lubrication paving anointing lining tinning papering plastering scumble plating tiling spraying fumigation galvanisation foliation tinning coat|