What does covering mean?

Definitions for covering
ˈkʌv ər ɪŋcov·er·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. covering, natural covering, covernoun

    a natural object that covers or envelops

    "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"

  2. coveringnoun

    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

  3. cover, covering, screening, maskingnoun

    the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

    "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"

  4. coveringnoun

    the act of protecting something by covering it

  5. application, coating, coveringnoun

    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";


  1. coveringnoun

    That which covers something.

  2. coveringnoun

    Action of the verb to cover.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Coveringnoun

    Dress; vesture; any thing spread over another.

    Etymology: from cover.

    The women took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth. 2 Sam. xvii. 19.

    Bring some covering for this naked soul,
    Whom I’ll intreat to lead me. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Sometimes providence casts things so, that truth and interest lie the same way; and when it is wrapt up in this covering, men can be content to follow it. South.

    Then from the floor he rais’d a royal bed,
    With cov’rings of Sidonian purple spread. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. covering

    Covering generally refers to completely spreading, overlaying, or enclosing something with a layer or a coating, be it physically or symbolically. It might also indicate the act of protecting, hiding, tackling, or addressing a particular matter, topic or issue. The exact meaning can vary depending on context and the subject it is applied to; for instance, in mathematics, a covering is a set of subsets whose union includes the entire set.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covering

    of Cover

  2. Coveringnoun

    anything which covers or conceals, as a roof, a screen, a wrapper, clothing, etc

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. covering

    Standing exactly in front or in rear of another man or an object.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'covering' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3367

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'covering' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3871

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of covering in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of covering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of covering in a Sentence

  1. Fathima Musthaque:

    Its good (the ban on face covering) but some people will feel some hurt because thats the Islamic culture, when they are dressing (without covering their face), they get a guilty feeling.

  2. C. J. Jung:

    Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.

  3. Leopold Eidlitz:

    American architecture is the art of covering one thing with another thing, to immitate a third thing which, if genuine, would not be desirable

  4. Albert Einstein:

    The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description

  5. James Leibold:

    The Party has drawn a one-to-one link between these styles of head, face and body covering and religious extremist thought and violence, it's a very crude and counterproductive way of trying to deal with the problem of terrorism.

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